The architecture of life

Sci Am. 1998 Jan;278(1):48-57. doi: 10.1038/scientificamerican0198-48.


NASA: The role of tensegrity in the architecture of organic structures is examined. Topics include a definition of tensegrity, principles of tensegrity applied to the skeleton and cytoskeleton, mechanics in biochemistry, self-assembly of organic structures, geodesic forms in cellular structure, and the universality of the geodesic form.

MeSH terms

  • Biological Evolution
  • Biophysical Phenomena
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Physiological Phenomena*
  • Cell Size
  • Cytoskeleton / ultrastructure*
  • Models, Biological*
  • Models, Molecular*
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Structure
  • Stress, Mechanical