By 2050, 70% of the world population will live in cities. Today already 50% live in an urban environment and produce more than 75% of all C02 emissions. Finding intelligent and efficient ways to provide for 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?; and 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
You can freely download our latest published paper on the behavior of shells under earthquake loading here until December 21st 2017. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1V~HJW4G4BizoRead more
We are really happy with this new publication in Computers and Structures. T. Michiels, S. Adriaenssens, ‘ Form-finding algorithm for masonry arches subjected to in-plane earthquake loading’, Computers and Structures, vol. 195,pp. 85–98, 2018Read more
Yesterday our PhD Candidate Tim Michiels was awarded the Hangai prize for his “Outstanding paper by a young talented researcher under 30” at the annual symposium of the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) in Hamburg. Tim presented his research titled “Parametric study of masonry shells form found for seismic loading” during the plenary session on Tuesday.Read more
Prof. A. has been commended for her outstanding teaching of CEE546 "Form Finding of Structural Surfaces.", a unique course that brings together graduate architecture and engineering students. The Princeton Engineering Commendation List for Outstanding Teaching will be published in Fall in the Daily Princetonian and the SEAS webpage. Thank you graduate students!Read more
We are super happy with the publication of this excellent review Charpentier V., Hannequart P., Adriaenssens S., Eisenman S., Baverel O., Viglino.E. 'Kinematic amplification strategies in plants and engineering', Smart Materials and Structures, vol.. 26, pp. 063002 (23p).Read more
We are really happy with our newest publication on rammed earth arches! T. Michiels, R. Napolitano, S. Adriaenssens, B.Glisic, 'Comparison of thrust line analysis, limit state analysis and distinct element modeling to predict the collapse load and mechanism of rammed earth arches', Engineering Structures, vol.148, pp. 145-156.Read more
Class Day and Graduation. It was such a pleasuring working with these multi-talented students. I am delighted that Demi Fang won the MacCracken Award and the David W. Carmichael Prize. Well deserved!Read more
Philippe Block (ETHZ) and I co-edited a special issue on how key challenges such as geometry, design and analysis methods, construction and new materials, can be overcome to bring thin shell structures into the 21st Century. IASS Journal, Vol. 85 (2017) 1Read more
T. Michiels, L. Lu, S. Archer, S. Adriaenssens, G. Tressera, ‘Structural Analysis, joint characterization and parametrical design of a set of hypar gridshell roofs made from Guadua bamboo’, Journal of the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures, Special Issue: New directions for shells, vol. 58, pp.95-104, 2017.Read more