Pier Luigi Nervi in America (part 3) – San Francisco

In the previous I wrote about the Thompson Area and the Leverone Field House projects in Hanover, USA and the Scope Arena in Norfolk, USA. In this post I write about his work in San Francisco where he was called in as a consultant and include pictures from my trip there. The other future posts will focus on his initial and most mature work in … Continue reading Pier Luigi Nervi in America (part 3) – San Francisco

What I am thinking: designer of glass structures, James O’Callaghan

Founding Director of the firm Eckersley O’Callaghan, James is acknowledged as an authority on the structural use of glass. He is perhaps best known for his innovative glass stairs, bridges, facades and other structural elements in a range of Apple’s flagship retail stores including Tokyo, Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York and London. Demi Fang: What is something you are currently working on that excites … Continue reading What I am thinking: designer of glass structures, James O’Callaghan

Pier Luigi Nervi in America (part 2) – Norfolk

To commemorate Prof. David Billington, I feature a series of posts about the works of Pier Luigi Nervi. In the previous I wrote about the Thompson Area and the Leverone Field House projects in Hanover, USA. In this post I write about his work in USA where he did not have total control over the construction process. This post is based on a paper I … Continue reading Pier Luigi Nervi in America (part 2) – Norfolk

What I am thinking: origami artist and mathematician Tomohiro Tachi

Tomohiro Tachi is an associate professor in graphic and computer sciences at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He studied architecture and received his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of Tokyo. He has been designing origami since 2002 and exploring spatial and kinematic origami through computation. Tachi developed several software tools for origami design. “Origamizer” (2008) … Continue reading What I am thinking: origami artist and mathematician Tomohiro Tachi

Out of his shell: Giorgio Baroni, an early designer of hyperbolic paraboloid shells

Martina Russo is a PhD student at Sapienza University of Rome, and recent Visiting Research Student Collaborator at Princeton University (Form Finding Lab, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Chaos Lab at the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment). Reinforced concrete thin shell structures are nowadays considered as part of the architectural and engineering heritage of the 20th Century. Today, a number of these structures … Continue reading Out of his shell: Giorgio Baroni, an early designer of hyperbolic paraboloid shells

What I am thinking: architect, designer, inventor and MIT professor Neri Oxman

Neri Oxman is an architect, designer, inventor and professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she is the founding director of The Mediated Matter Group, an experimental design practice combining commissioned works with the creation of enabling technologies and scientific knowledge. The Group conducts research at the intersection of computational design, digital fabrication, materials science, and synthetic biology; and applies that knowledge to design across … Continue reading What I am thinking: architect, designer, inventor and MIT professor Neri Oxman

Pier Luigi Nervi in America (part 1) – Hanover

This summer I took a trip to Dartmouth College Campus (Hanover, New Hampshire, USA) to photographically document the artistry in the Leverone Field House (1962) and the Thompson Arena (1975). These are respectively the first and the last structures that the Italian Engineer Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979) designed and realized in the United States of America. The Thompson Arena is arguably the last project Nervi … Continue reading Pier Luigi Nervi in America (part 1) – Hanover

Staying Dry: Numerical modeling of flexible pressurized storm surge barriers

This week on the blog, we look at an analysis method of an alternate form of coastal protection: The inflatable membrane barrier. This flexible barrier can dissipate the energy of the oncoming storm surge but poses analysis challenges such as the need to consider fluid/structure interaction. Continue reading Staying Dry: Numerical modeling of flexible pressurized storm surge barriers

RECAP: IABSE’s Future of Design 2018.

The 2nd annual IABSE Future of Design 2018 conference was held in New York City on Saturday, April 28. With Victor Charpentier as a leading member of the organizing committee, students from the Form Finding Lab were able to attend the event. This year’s conference sought to bring together structural engineers, architects, artists, fabricators, and builders in order to explore new ways of designing, building, … Continue reading RECAP: IABSE’s Future of Design 2018.