Form follows Function. But Function follows Vibration. Some architectural projects demand a graceful yet dramatic statement. A suspended walkway above an atrium perhaps. A curved flying stairway in a lobby. Or an open floor plan in a high-rise tower. Your dream: the less structure, the more elegant the statement.
But less structure opens the door to potential vibration problems, and if walking- and wind-induced vibration, for example, are not considered, your opportunity to make a bold statement could turn into embarrassment. Form without Function is a nightmare.
Walking- and wind-induced vibration are common problems, and excessive vibration of many existing structures has been corrected using tuned-mass dampers. We can also work with the architect to incorporate these vibration mitigation devices into the design from the beginning to maximize the aesthetic elegance of the architectural feature.
Let physics impose the limits, not the engineering firm.