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?
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Prof. S. Adriaenssens
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
We draw our inspiration from Origami in this publication! L. Nagy, L. Rhode-Barbarigos, S. Adriaenssens and A. Kilian,’Conceptual Design of a Single-Crease Origami-Arc Inspired Movable Footbridge Structure’, International Journal of Space Structures, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 75-84, 2015.Read more
Rhode-Barbarigos, L., Adriaenssens, S., Charpentier, V., Baverel, O. (2015), ‘Dialectic Form Finding of Structurally Integrated Adaptive Structures’, In: American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, special issue on Structural Engineering DOI: 10.3844/ajeassp.2015.Read more
Our paper "An automated robust design methodology for suspended structures”. has been selected as the winner of the IASS Tsuboi Award in the category of the most outstanding paper in the Proceedings of the 2014 IASS-SLTE Symposium, Brasília, Brasil.Read more
Together with US Artist Fellow Doris Kim Sung (USC Architecture) and sustainability engineer Russell Fortmeyer (Arup), we have been selected with our proposal "SURROGATE TREES: Creative Outdoor Spaces for Hotter Cities" for the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program.Read more
Segal, T; Rhode-Barbarigos, L; Coelho, R.F., Adriaenssens, S. (2015). ‘Multi-objective optimization of polyester-rope and steel-rope suspended footbridges. ‘In: Engineering Structures pp. 559-567 DOI information: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2015.05.024Read more
Please join us on Wednesday 3rd of June at 4:30pm in E219, CEE, PU for Prof. Pauletti, Sao Paulo University on "“Taut Structures: a personal approach to the analysis of cable and membrane structures”.Read more
Congratulations to Michael Manhard for winning these two awards. The first one is awarded in CEE for his outstanding thesis in civil engineering. The second one celebrates his academic achievements with quality performance in intercollegiate athletics.Read more
Congratulations to Denisa for winning both prizes - one at the departmental and one at the School level - for her senior thesis that is most distinctive for its inventiveness and technical accomplishment. Class of 2015Read more
Prof. Adriaenssens has been awarded the Alfred Rheinstein '11 Award for Distinguished Research and Teaching by PU School of Engineering and Applied Science. Alfred Rheinstein was a civil engineer and builder noted for developing low-cost housing projects in the NYC area. He graduated with a civil engineering degree in 1911 from Princeton University.Read more
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