Alex Jordan

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I am a second year Master’s student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, working with Professor Adriaenssens in the Structural Form-Finding Lab. I have a BS in Civil Engineering and a BSAD in Architecture from MIT, where I studied structural form finding and optimization in the Building Technology program. I have continued researching how to design shell structures at Princeton, and my Thesis project is to design a habitable shell structure entirely out of a nonstandard material – chocolate. Since chocolate is not ideal for carrying loads, I have used the tools of form finding, optimization, and parametric design to create a system that is strong, constructible, and aesthetically pleasing. My other projects include constructing a full size bent-lath gridshell as part of a cluster at Smart Geometry 2012, and assisting the students in CEE463 create structural models for the upcoming museum exhibit on German shell design.

Publications:

Jordan, AJ, Adriaenssens S, Kilian A., Adriaenssens, M, Freed, Z. (2012). ‘Material Driven design for a chocolate Pavilion.‘ In: Computer-Aided Design

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