Nyema Wesley

I am a sophomore undergraduate student of Princeton’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department looking to further my studies in applications of architecture and structural engineering. For the summer of 2016, I am partaking in research under the supervision of Prof. Adriaenssens of the Form Finding Lab and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. In conjunction with the findings of graduate student Victor Charpentier, we are looking to design and create large-scale models of adaptive biomimetic façades. Our work analyzes the impacts of turgor pressure on rapid plant movement, and we hope to harness these mechanisms in order to construct these building “skins.” With the aid of CAD softwares such as Rhinoceros and Grasshopper, and the utilization of the vacuum-forming technique, this project aims to make new strides in contemporary form-finding architecture that maximize environmental integration and energy efficiency.

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