Tensegrity in Organic Systems

One of the key ways to deepen ones grasp of biological tensegrity applications is to build models, especially models which mimic biological functions.


Joint function is poorly explained by traditional anatomical models. A more complete explanation is offered by tensegrity, where none of the compressional members touch. Here is a tensegrity elbow joint model I built which demonstrates how these principles can be applied to joint articulations.

Special thanks to Graham Scarr: Biotensegrity – The Structural Basis of Life


Tensegrity Ball De-Construction video:

This is a quite successful Youtube video of a tensegrity demonstration by deconstructing a tensegrity ball. at the end of the video I run it at 4X speed in reverse, which offers a window into the healing process. The ball has 60 nodes (30 struts)



A model for oscillating /pumping action found in biological systems.


Special thanks to Graham Scarr: “Biotensegrity – The Structural Basis of Life” page 22

Tensegrity Tower

20″ X 8.5″ Tensegrity Tower. The core geometry is the equilateral triangle.

Tensegrity Model of Foot Function

This model articulates the three primary functions of the foot which I have identified:

  1. Providing a foundation for standing posture, where the central anterior/posterior line functions something like an arch.
  2. Gait, where the central line runs from the big toe across the middle of the heel to the medial and lateral aspects of the knee.
  3. Lateral Stability, where the lateral aspect of the foot enables a solid structure (no shock absorption) to resist tipping to the side.

Right Foot. Click on image for full size view.