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
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
Can structures, designed solely for functional purposes, be esthetic? Le Corbusier seemed to think so. Read this week's blog post https://formfindinglab.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/to-what-extent-do-utilitarian-silos-have-any-esthetic-value/Read more
To celebrate the learning achieved in the CEE graduate course “Non-linear analysis of pre-stressed structural systems” this semester, visiting Professor Ruy Pauletti from University of São Paulo and I organize a small event. The grad students will showcase and discuss the Costa Surface Sculpture they designed, calculated and built. Friday 20th May 4-5pm CEE Student Lounge.Read more
Our grad students explored different form finding techniques to establish the form of the fascinating Costa surface, a surface with no boundaries and intersections with itself. Read more about that in our blog post here https://formfindinglab.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/a-physical-costa-surface-23-form-finding-process/Read more
Doris Kim Sung, biologist-turned architect-artist makes buildings breath and tackles urban challenges. Find out more in my interview with her https://formfindinglab.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/what-i-am-thinking-biologist-turned-architect-doris-kim-sung-makes-buildings-breathe/Read more
I am very pleased to announce that PhD candidate Tim Michiels has won the THORNTON TOMASETTI STUDENT INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP for innovative research concerning finding forms for earthquake resistant zero-carbon shell structures made from earth using a dynamic relaxation algorithm. Congratulations, Tim!Read more
M. Bechthold, S. Adriaenssens, P. Michalatos, N. Oxman and A. Trummer ‘Structural Delights: Computation, Matter and the Imagination’, GAM 12 Architectural Magazine, vol. 12, pp. 32-55, 2016.Read more
Together with artist Doris Kim Sung and environmental engineer Russell Fortmeyer (ARUP) I will be thinking about and designing surrogate tree systems for natural tree depleted urban environments Bellagio, Italy (May 2nd - May 10th). This is such a great opportunity to take our work on biomimetic systems to an urban scale.Read more
I will moderate a panel on Heritage in Japanese structural design at the event Structured Lineages: Learning from Japanese Structural Design on Saturday April 30th 8.30am-4.30pm at MoMA. Want to find out more? https://formfindinglab.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/japanese-lineages-in-structural-design/Read more
How to visualize and realize a finite surface with no boundary and no intersection with itself? Find out more on this week's blog post https://formfindinglab.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/a-physical-costa-surface-13-history-of-the-surface/Read more