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.

What I am thinking: interplanetary architect and technologist Xavier De Kestelier

Xavier De Kestelier is the Head of Design Technology and Innovation at HASSELL studio. Prior to this he was co-head of the Specialist Modelling Group, the research and innovation arm of Foster + Partners. Xavier has led several multidisciplinary research projects in the field of large scale 3D printing. In his latest work with NASA and ESA he researched the potential of 3D printed habitats on … Continue reading What I am thinking: interplanetary architect and technologist Xavier De Kestelier

Let’s have R-Fun

  The solution to this Latin anagram published by Robert Hooke (1635-1703) is the following “Ut pendet continuum flexile, sic stabit contiguum rigidum inversum”, the translation is “As hang the flexible line, so but inverted will stand the rigid arch”. The concept is simple: in order to obtain an arch that acts in pure compression, the shape of the equivalent hanging chain needs to be … Continue reading Let’s have R-Fun

What I am thinking: structural and mathematical wizard Chris Williams

Chris Williams is an Artistic Professor at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University. Chris joined Ted Happold’s group at Arup in 1972 where he worked on Frei Otto’s Multihalle gridshells in Mannheim and was responsible for the structural analysis and physical model testing. In 1976 he came with Ted Happold to the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. His research interests hinge on the … Continue reading What I am thinking: structural and mathematical wizard Chris Williams