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
Today Princeton's main homepage features the story of Denisa's senior thesis project For her senior thesis Denisa designed and prototyped a structure that shades the façade of a building by folding and adapting its shape in response to sunlight. Check out her story here. www.princeton.eduRead more
Richardson, J.N., Coelho, R.F., Adriaenssens, S. (2015).‘Robust topology optimization of truss-like structures with random loading and material properties: a multi-objective perspective.’ In: Computers and Structures doi:10.1016/j.compstruc.2015.03.011Read more
In the framework for the Princeton-Sao Paolo strategic partnership, I have been invited by Prof. R. Pauletti to present our research and give a workshop on the physical modeling of membrane structures in collaboration with Eng. Knut Stockhusen from Schlaich Bergerman and Partners. 4-5 April at the Civil Engineering Building of Sao Paolo University.Read more
On May 1st Ted will be defending his PhD work on Characterisation of polyester-rope suspended footbridges. This event will take place in E219 at 12h30pm. You are invited to attend.Read more
Princeton University's Council on Science and Technology is funding our Fall 2015 Course "Extraordinary Processes". We will adopt new ways of thinking about and finding novel uses for local infested ash wood. The course will also develop learning opportunities beyond the “chalk and talk” classroom and explore hands-on synergies between engineering and the arts.Read more
In this workshop the students will learn to apply physical and numerical FORM FINDING techniques . Using these tools, the students will develop a research-by-design project that draws its inspiration from the masterworks of Sergio Musmeci (Rome, 1926-1981). Università Roma Tre 14-17 april 2015. http://host.uniroma3.it/laboratori/lams/FFWRead more
Philippe Block, Associate Professor, School of Architecture at ETH Zurich, Switzerland will present new computational form-finding and optimization approaches for exploring three-dimensional equilibrium shell structures. The presentation takes place in the PU CEE Spring Research Seminar Series "Structure, Form and Motion." Thursday 19th March at 4h30pm Bowen Hall 222.Read more
In context of the Princeton-Mellon Initiative Urban Studies Research Seminar at Princeton, Sigrid Adriaenssens and Vera Candiani will be showcasing how practitioners from different disciplines interrogate components of our built and unbuilt environments. All are welcome.N-107, March 13, 2015, 12-13:30Read more
Richardson, J.N., Coelho, R.F., Adriaenssens, S. (2013). 'A unified stochastic framework for robust topology optimization of continuum and truss-like structures.' In : Engineering Optimization doi: 10.1080/0305215X.2015.1011152Read more
Axel Kilian, Assistant Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture will talk about his latest research focus on embodied computation, the continuation of computation in the physical realm. The presentation takes place in the PU CEE Spring Research Seminar Series "Structure, Form and Motion." Thursday 19th Feb at 4h30pm Friend Center Room 006.Read more
The gridshell over the courtyard of the Dutch Maritime Museum features on the cover of the Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures. The form finding of the actual shell was carried out for Ney and Partners (sa) with our bending algorithm implemented in a dynamic relaxation solver.Read more