Gregor Horstmeyer

My name is Gregor Horstmeyer and I am senior in the Department of Civil and   Environmental Engineering at Princeton University.  My focus is on Structures,   while pursuing certificates in both Environmental Studies and the Program in   Sustainable Energy.  My senior thesis explores the structural and constructional   feasibility of a glass umbrella.  Inspiration for my project came from Felix   Candela’s hyperbolic surfaces along with glass’s fascinating material   properties.  Having spent seven years working with glass as medium in art has   stimulated me to incorporate glass into my study of structures.  I hope to show   through the construction of a scale model, strength and safety testing, and   numerical modeling that utilizing the compressive strength of glass in an   efficient design can help create an elegant and unique structural element.


The thesis quintessentially Princeton:

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