By 2050, 70% of the world population will live in cities. Today already 50% live in an urban environment and produce more than 75% of all C02 emissions. Finding intelligent and efficient ways to provide for 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?; and 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
Our design and scholarship carried out with collaborators from the American University of Cairo and Roma Tre University is published today as a chapter "Hygroscapes: Innovative Shape Shifting Facades" in the new book 'Digital Wood Design: Innovative techniques of representation in Architectural Design'Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed presenting our most recent work on rigid and semi-flexible shells with civil applications at Rutgers University on February 13th.Read more
We have just been awarded SEAS Project X Innovation funding, support for bold thinking and unconventional ideas.Read more
Corrugations in shell can be tailored to optimize the shell's behavior under earthquake loading. T. Michiels, S. Adriaenssens, M. Dejong, "Form finding of corrugated shell structures for seismic design and validation using non-linear pushover analysis", Engineering Structures https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.12.043Read more
Together with Prof. Boyer at the School of Architecture, we will start tackling noise pollution in urban areas through a Princeton Environmental Institute grant.Read more
This paper presents some of the scholarship we carry out with Rome Tre University and the American University of Cairo S. Abdelmohsen, S. Adriaenssens, R. El-Dabaa, S. Gabriele, L. Olivieri, L. Teresi, L., “Programmable matter: A multi-physics modeling approach for low-tech architectural adaptive systems using hygroscopic properties of wood,” Computer-Aided Design, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.caRead more
We are delighted to have been awarded this ERC Planning Grant by the National Science Foundation.Read more
We are co-organizing the IASS 2018: Creativity in Structural Design symposium at MIT (16- 20th July) . We are presenting, discussing, chairing sessions and networking about our work about adaptive structures, net and membrane structures and shells. If you are around, come and say hi!Read more
We were invited to the IABSE Henderson colloquium at Christ Church College, Cambridge, UK to discuss as to the how and why of adaptive infrastructure (July 2 - 4th 2018). The future of cities lies there.Read more
Our work on cables and nets subjected to wavebreak loading is here A. Niewiarowski, S. Adriaenssens, R.M.O. Pauletti, K. Addi, L. Deike, ‘Modeling underwater cable structures subject to breaking waves ‘, Ocean Engineering, vol. 64, 15, pp. 199-211.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.06.013Read more
L. Coar, M. Cox, S. Adriaenssens, ‘Seeking congruency in digital optimization and constructability in fabric formed ice shells utilizing bending active frames’, International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing, vol. 7, 2-3, pp. 186-202.Read more
D. Fang, R. Napolitano, T. Michiels, S. Adriaenssens, ‘Assessing the Stability of Unreinforced Masonary Arches and Vaults: A Comparison of Analytical and Numerical Strategies’, Journal of Architectural Heritage, doi: 10.1080/15583058.2018.1463413, 2018Read more