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
Our book "Shells for Architecture: Form Finding and Optimization" is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shell-structures-for-architecture/id845097697?mt=11Read more
We have received funding from the Office of the Dean of the College to enhance the existing CEE205 Mechanics of Solids course with a student-centered platform for design and learning.Read more
Horner, M., Rhode-Barbarigos, L, Adriaenssens, S. (2014). ‘Site-specific louvered shells for shading harmful Ultraviolet radiation.’ In: Building and Environment http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2014.04.005Read more
Our application "Computational Design of Sustainable Urban Infrastructure" for the São Paulo-Princeton Strategic Partnership Grant was selected for funding. Our proposal focuses on a numerical method (form-finding and analysis algorithm) which promotes the design of efficient lightweight structures, therefore contributing to green engineering and sustainable design.Read more
2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize Winner, Shigeru Ban, writes "Without an understanding of structures, we cannot design a building. "in "Sharing the same spirit", the 2nd chapter in our new book "Shells for Architecture: Form Finding and Optimization."Read more
On March 10th, noon I will be presenting our work on Elastic Structural Forms at the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Davis Hall 502. If you are around, you are welcome to join this conversation.Read more
Allison has been named the Recipient of the SOM Foundation 2014 Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship. Congratulations, Allison!Read more
The Form Finding Lab in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Princeton University has a post-doctoral or more senior research position open in the area of form finding or structural optimization. Interested applicants should apply online at http://jobs.princeton.edu posting 1400094.Read more
David Campbell, principal at Geiger Engineers, discusses the challenges and solution to designing and building large span roofs that are almost lighter than air. You are invited to join us for David’s presentation on Tuesday 18th February, 11h-11h50 in E311Read more
Jordan, AJ, Adriaenssens S, Kilian A., Adriaenssens, M, Freed, Z. (2013). ‘Material Driven design for a chocolate Pavilion.‘ In: Computer-Aided Design, DOI:10.1016/j.cad.2013.12.002Read more
Adriaenssens S., Malek S., Masaki M., Williams. C.J.K (2013). ‘Generating smooth curves in 3 dimensions by minimizing higher order strain energy measures.‘ In: Journal of Space Structures, v.28 (3-4), pp. 119-126Read more
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