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
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
Adriaenssens, S.; Rhode-Barbarigos, L; Kilian, A,; Baverel, O.; Charpentier, V.; Horner, M., Buzatu, D (2014). ‘Dialectic form finding of passive and active shading enclosures.’ In: Energies 7(8), 5201-5220; doi:10.3390/en7085201Read more
In Naples, Italy, we will be presenting our numerical work on the shape shifting process of bimetal shapes at the CST2014. Charpentier, V., Rhode-Barbarigos, L., Adriaenssens, S. , Baverel, O. (2014), ‘Modeling the mechanical behavior of complex shaped bimetallic elements’, CST2014: The Twelfth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology Naples, Italy.Read more
We are invited to talk about tensegrity and bending at the ICCM2014 session on tensegrity in Cambridge, UK on July 28th. Rhode-Barbarigos, L., Adriaenssens, S. (2014). ‘Investigating the influence of bending in the structural behavior of tensegrity modules using dynamic relaxation’, The 5th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM2014), Cambridge, UK.Read more
Masaaki, M; Adriaenssens, S.,Igarashi, T; Kawaguchi, K; (2014).’Geodesic Dynamic Relaxation Method for Equilibrium Problems with Equality Constraint Conditions. ‘ In: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, doi: 10.1002/nme.4713Read more
Anually 1.3 millions Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer. Childhood exposure to UV light increases the risk for skin cancer. Children depend upon adults for protection. Check out our website that proposes a digital to manufacturing workflow for a louvered sun shading shell that efficiently shades and passively cools outdoor areas using location specificity. shade.princeton.eduRead more
Our work on biomimetic structures in featured on Motionry, a web platform that fosters greater innovation and streamlined technology transfer, from basic R&D to early market demonstration. http://blog.motionry.com/blog/2014/6/5/princeton-professor-designs-biomimicry-inspired-shading-shellsRead more
We welcome Pedro into the Form Finding lab, where he will be working on developing and constructing the "Beyond Shading" project. You can read more about Pedro on http://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/news/news.jsp?id=11195Read more
Demi Fang took our CEE205 Mechanics of Solids Class in Fall 2013. This summer she is working with us to develop a student centered design and learning platform for that class. Welcome Demi!Read more
To celebrate the book launch, the Form Finding Lab, built the first interlocking gridshell at the Engineering Courtyard of the E-Quad, Princeton. The shell is made of individual laser cut luan laths and was assembled in less than one day. The design is by Yousef Anastas.Read more
You are cordially invited to celebrate the launch of our book "Shells for Architecture: form finding and optimization" on Friday May 30th, 4h30pm, Engineering Quadrangle Courtyard or (E-Quad Café rain) at Princeton University. Let us know if you are planning on joining us (firstname.lastname@example.org)!Read more