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
Rumoer, the periodical by the student association for building technology of TU Delft (the Netherlands), gives a succinct overview of our work at the Form Finding Lab in an article "Shaping better civil structures". http://www.praktijkverenigingbout.nl/shaping-better-civil-structures-sigrid-adriaenssens-princeton-university-featured-article-rumoer-56Read more
In collaboration with Prof. Barnes (University of Bath, UK), we present our engineering feasibility studies for large span tubular network bridges for congested urban centers at the International Conference on Adaptation and movement in Architecture ICAMA2013, Toronto Canada, October 11th.Read more
On Thursday 10th of October, we are invited to present our work on Bending-Active Systems at a special session at the IV International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures: Structural Membranes, Munich, Germany.Read more
On Monday 30th of September, we give a keynote lecture "Deriving Bending Active Forms" at the Design Modeling Symposium Berlin 2013 - Rethinking Prototyping at University of the Arts, Berlin.Read more
We are at the IASS 2013 Symposium in Wroclaw (Poland), home to Max Berg's Centennial Hall. Our presentations range from a discussion form-finding and buckling optimization of stability-sensitive structures to elastic splines to the engineering in the works of Pier Luigi Nervi. 09.23 until 09.27Read more
Sweet Success: Chocolate Structure Whets Appetite for Innovation On-line Science magazine LIVESCIENCE writes about our chocolate pavilion http://www.livescience.com/38578-chocolate-pavilion.htmlRead more
Annually, 1.3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer, currently representing more than 50% of all cancers in the US. We have developed a custom tailored sun shade shell that can be delivered to schools, child care and other outdoor recreational centers. Grad Student Matt Horner (lying under the shell) has just completed the first prototype.Read more
Visiting Prof. R. Coelho (Universite Libre de Belgique, Belgium) will present his work on geometry and topology optimization of trusses and grid shells. Thursday July 18th, 120m in E219.Read more
PhD student Allison Halpern recently had the opportunity to travel to France to visit the Millau Viaduct, the world’s tallest bridge, and the Terenez Bridge, the first curved cable-stayed bridge in France and the world record holder for the longest main span for curved cable-stayed bridges.Read more
You might remember Ben Sitler, class of 2010. Today Ben has realized his first “real” grid shell at the Singapore University of Technology and Design Campus as part of the ARUP Singapore team. This spectacular project involved students and practitioners and features in the ASCE Journal. http://www.asce.org/CEMagazine/ArticleNs.aspx?id=23622326526 July 2013Read more