This building toy was derived directly from Pearce’s morphological research as presented in his book, Structure in Nature is a Strategy for Design. In particular, it is the embodiment of a system based on three-dimensional networks. It is comprised of a connector, called the Universal Node, and a family of branch components (struts), which are shape-coded to connect to specific spokes of the Universal Node. Such spokes extend from the node center in specific geometric directions and are configured with square, triangular, or rectangular cross-sections. These shapes are defined by symmetry properties having to do with the directions of their axes. There are a total of 26-spokes (directions): 6 square (orange), 8 triangular (yellow), and 12 rectangular (purple). The kit also includes a family of panels that snap in place, enabling structures to be differentiated with surfaces. The components, along with a variety of possible constructions are shown in the images.
Like the SuperStructures kits, the Curved Space toy was derived directly from Pearce’s morphological research. Indeed, this toy is simply a reduced-scale version of the Curved Space System for playgrounds. Connector clips enable curved surface modules to be joined together in a variety of configurations. This toy does not have the range of options available to the SuperStructures, but opens up other avenues in the exploration of non-orthogonal spatial geometry.
This stacking block toy is derived from a union of two rhombicuboctahedra joined together with a central cube. The name, Rhombones, is suggested by the
dog-bone like geometry created by this union of polyhedra. The rhombicuboctahderon is a semi-regular Archimedean polyhedron comprised of 18 square faces and 8 equilateral triangles for a total of 26 faces. This unit becomes an interesting variation on a block toy with attributes that encourage experiments in balancing and other unusual assemblies. The images show a number of possible stacking and balancing variations.