Accessible Long Spans: Pairing Current Analysis
Software with Common Resources to Create
Monumental Architecture with Developing
Communities

Historically long spans have been linked to power and wealth. Developing countries, through technologies and research, have had access to the larger scale and more complex architecture. Isolated parts of the world are left to discover through accessible means. Using local means of construction, the common, accessible material is paper tubes. A form as well as a process of building can be established, repeated, and adapted as a leave behind building strategy. The technology to bridge the gap between simple tools, repeated operations, common materials, and complex geometry in the form of long span architecture is at reach. The intent is not to create a new type of form or to discover a new quadratic equation but to better establish the connection between the complex and the simple. The analysis and proof of form comes through advanced computer aided technologies and software. Markets are a critical factor for the economies in developing countries, and from precedent research, will benefit from accessible long spans achieved through this analysis. Several of the countries of Africa have the largest projected population growth in the world with Markets critical to their growth. The architect is not designing the exact form but is more of an influence on how the community can implement their strategies over time with accessible resources. Within the communities the architecture has to be adopted, and then implement sound structures with common materials to then be adapted by the people. As the economy grows, so will the implementation strategies. Using paraboloid geometry, simple tools, repeated operations, and common materials, the architect can create accessible, non-invasive long spans that can be adapted and developed to define current and future trading points in developing communities.

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Ryan Ducki

I have been practicing Architecture for a few years at a small firm in Connecticut, the state where I was born and raised. I started in the construction business at a young age (high school) working as a laborer for my grandfather constructing residential foundations. Growing up surrounded by construction I knew I wanted that as a part of my life. It was that moment on I knew I wanted to be an architect. My undergrad was local at the University of Hartford, but after graduation, I found myself on the construction site again but drifting further from the path to licensure. Years went by before finding my current position. I am now managing multiple retail, medical facility, and multi-family residential projects and functioning close to a level of project architect. At the start of the pandemic I decided to finish my goal I set out to complete all those years ago. I began at LTU as well as started my AREs. I am currently one semester away from graduation and a few tests to licensure.