The question should not be “can this structure be built” but rather “should it be built”? Or in addition to safety, stability, serviceability, are elegance, efficiency and economics also taken into account as key factors in the structural design process? An approach that comprises all these parameters requires out-of-the-box thinking for each design project. Civil engineers should use knowledge, ability, experience, fantasy and intuition to find an optimal and unique structural shape for a given set of boundary conditions.
The search for the optimal durable shape is the recurring theme of our research group. Our projects include structural optimization techniques for complex curved surfaces driven by digital fabrication techniques, development of new structural systems, interaction between tension structures and shaping elements and finally restoration and upgrading methodologies for historic “form follows force” structures with a permanent focus on life cycle thinking.
Please feel free to get in touch if you are interested in pursuing collaboration.
Prof. S. Adriaenssens
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Mc Graw Center for Teaching and Learning has invited me to become a Faculty Fellow. The Fellows convene their colleagues from across the campus for discussions about teaching and learning, and participate in other events and workshops around pedagogy. I am delighted to be part of this initiative!Read more
Bob Skelton, Professor from UC San Diego will give a talk about his work on tensegrity and control design. Join us Thursday 20th November 4h30pm in Bowen Hall, Auditorium 222Read more
Knut Stockhusen, an architectural engineer from the Schlaich Bergermann Partnership, will talk about the new materials (membrane, ETFE) and systems (spoke wheel principle) brought into Brazil for the 2014 World Cup Stadia as well as the challenges arising from language, cultural disparities, “tropicalisation” and differences in the design process. Nov 21, 2014 11am -12pm Mc Cormick Hall 106Read more
Yousef Anastas developed the concept of the Variable Stiffness Lattice (VSL) in our Lab. The VSL skin system relies on novel design simulation and fabrication processes that explore elastic deformation mechanisms found in nature. Check out this video. http://vimeo.com/109607861Read more
Based on the research of Mariam Wahed's senior thesis, Mariam and I wrote a comparative chapter on Pier Luigi Nervi football stadia for the catalogue of the exhibition: Pier Luigi Nervi, football stadia. The book is available and the exhibition opens on the 14th of November in the Urban Center in Bologna.Read more
With great pleasure and enthusiasm, I have accepted the position of editor of the International Journal of Space Structures as from January 2015 onwards. The aim of the journal is to provide an international forum for the interchange of information on all aspects of analysis, design and construction of space structures.Read more
We have been invited to have a panel discussion about "Stadium Cultures in North and South America", organized by the Princeton Mellon Forum for Research on the Urban Environment. Join Bruno Carvalho (Spanish/Portuguese), William Gleason (English) and myself in this conversation on Monday 29th Sept, SoA 107 at 12.Read more
To show that stadia are key to the preservation and future of common life, I have invited Don Worth to give a talk about Miami Marine Stadium (FL, USA) in the ARC510 class on Friday 26th at 10h30am in Marx Hall 101. Join us of you can.Read more
Prof. Adriaenssens has been invited with Prof. P. Block, ETH Zurich, to chair the IASS Working Group 5 on Shell Structures. This invitation offers a great opportunity to advance and disseminate the knowledge on shell structures of our group and collaborate with other practitioners, researchers and interested students in the field. If you are interested in shells, please join us!Read more
On Wednesday 24th of September, Stoyan Smoukov, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge will talk about his work on smart materials. E219 12pmRead more
We are presenting not more than 3 papers at the IASS symposium in Brasilia, Brazil (15-19 September). Catch us talking about how to analyse inflatable dams, optimize polyester rope bridges and predict the shape shifting of adaptive structures.Read more
This year we will incorporate the online student-centered learning platform, NovoEd, into the Mechanics of Solids course to provide our students with a more active, engaging and collaborative way of developing structural design skills and understanding solid mechanics.Read more
We have been invited to present our work on "Dialectic Form Finding" at the Utzon(x) Symposium, Utzon Centrum at Aalborg University on Friday 22 August. This promises to be an exciting event!Read more