By 2050, 70% of the world population will live in cities. Today already 50% lives in an urban environment and produces more than 75% of all C02 emissions. Finding intelligent and efficient ways to provide more people with fewer resources will make cities more resilient to manmade and natural disasters and reduce their impact on the environment. Our long-term research goal is to transform the engineering design framework for a future-oriented built urban environment. Our research program addresses the following two core questions: What is the relationship between form and efficiency in civil structures?; an With increasing pressure on the preservation of natural resources, how can design theories and tools match untested sculptural ideas to material-efficient, constructible structures?
Please feel free to get in touch if you are interested in pursuing collaboration.
Prof. S. Adriaenssens
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
With the Olympic Games in full swing, we can but marvel at the lightweight elegant roofs covering some of the stadia. We spoke with Knut Stockhusen (sbp) who designed and built a number of them. https://formfindinglab.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/what-i-am-thinking-from-stuttgart-to-rio-2016-sbps-stadium-designer-knut-stockhusen/Read more
We are really delighted to have been awarded by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) - Grand Challenge for our research proposal. Together with Prof. Ning Lin (Hurrican Hazards and Risk Analysis Group, CEE, PU) we will develop stowable storm surge protection systems for use in coastal cities.Read more
Though Japan has selected Kengo Kuma's design over Zaha Hadid's for its 2020 Olympic Stadium, how can we envision the structure from a form-finding point of view? Check out our blog.Read more
Congratulations to our grad students Mauricio Loyola Vergara and Alexander Niewiarowski who are amongst the winners of the IASS 2016 National Stadium for Japan competition. Their "mountainous grid shell" design started in the CEE546 Form Finding of Structural Surfaces class. A well deserved honor!Read more
Find out how we constructed a swirling rammed earth wall this summer https://formfindinglab.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/our-summer-rammed-earth-experiments-23-construction/Read more
Transformations: Wonderful feature on Princeton University's webpage on a class that explores the intersection of engineering and the arts, co-taught by Prof. Adriaenssens last spring! The class will be offered again this spring.http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S46/61/76A20/index.xml?section=featuredRead more
We are on the front cover of the IASS Journal this month with our paper Y. Anastas, L. Rhode-Barbarigos, and S. Adriaenssens ‘Design-to-Construction workflow for cell-based pattern reciprocal free-form structures‘ , Journal of the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures, vol. 56(2), pp. 159 - 176, 2016Read more
How to practice and teach well? Demi Fang '17 asked Eric Hines and received some thought-provoking answers. Read about their= conversation in our blog https://formfindinglab.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/what-i-am-thinking-reflective-practitioner-and-educator-eric-hines/Read more