KARTHESIA confers innovative, exacting creative potential on the world of construction.
Structural planning avails itself of technology and techniques through which form, section and, therefore, the dimensions of structural elements are designed.
Traditional structural elements are monolythic; their constitution unfolds in a constant, essentially uniform manner, inside of and along a section.
Production markets widely confirm this notion. Monolithic products of diverse types of materials are available in a range of forms and dimensions to satisfy market demand.
Yet the market is also a context in which all subjects having the responsibility of promoting modernization live together.
We have made clear the ongoing task of man in the research and development of increasingly high-performing materials. Could this concern with a one–directional task have inhibited traditional construction techniques from developing into composite, synthetic methods?
Rarely is a structural element subject to merely one stress. Generally it is affected by a set of stresses which require the simultaneity of diverse/precise responses; first by the structural element itself, and then, by the entire structural system. These stresses coexist with and antagonize each other. It is the planner’s task to arrange their best possible coexistence. From this necessity, the importance of creative, forward – looking planning can be seen.
FOR A MINUTE, LET US CONSIDER THE WHEEL
The first wheel was a monolith. It was sculptured. During history it underwent continuous and profound revisions, enriched by contributions which improved its performance and comfort.
In this manner the wheel was transformed from a monolith into a whole of characteristic elements, working together in precision. The wheel is one of many witnesses to the innovative process which unfolded along two fundamental pathways:
– The evolution of materials;
– The evolution of construction methods.
KARTHESIA permits the composition of the section of a structural element-therefore its complete development – in a manner impossible to accomplish using a traditional, monolithic model.
KARTHESIA is comprised of a set of elements:
TYPE A – TYPE B – TYPE C
Constituted as follows:
– TYPE A ONE ELEMENT
– TYPE B FOUR ELEMENTS
– TYPE C FOUR ELEMENTS
These elements can have different chemical/physical characteristics as well as different form and dimension.
This permits the configuration of the section of the structural entirety by employing specifically characterized elements which work together.