To direct the forces of nature is a central task in the creation of spaces and load-carrying structures for architecture. This research investigates how prestress can be used as a design tool for the creation of material efficient and well-functioning structures, and in early design stages contribute to sustainable, functional and beautiful architecture.

The objective is to answer the following questions:

  • What can be learnt from historic and contemporary examples about how prestress has been and can be used?
  • Can, from these examples, general objectives with prestressing be established?
  • Can, from these examples, basic strategies for prestressing be established?
  • How can this knowledge be utilised and applied in a design process?

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