Luigi Olivieri, who is visiting the Form Finding Lab this week from the University of Tre (Rome, Italy) with Professor Stefano Gabriele, presents his master’s thesis work: The project explores the possibilities of using the hygroscopic proprieties of wood as a programmable material. The aim of the research is to explore the possibilities of a temporary structure through a new method of design by studying … Continue reading HIGROW – Hygroscopic proprieties of wood used as programmable matter in lightweight construction
Practicing chefs in the kitchen can revise and refine a recipe to their own satisfaction, yet their progress need not be limited by their own opinion. What might result from allowing a fellow chef or a mentor to taste their recipe? Each taster might give his/her own personal feedback – too salty, not crisp enough – and the aspiring chef, filtering through the responses, may … Continue reading What is the value of critique in structural design?
Once a year, engineers can put shell theory into practice in a less conventional way: by winning their family’s egg cracking competition (also known as egg knocking or egg tapping). On Easter Sunday, it is a tradition for Greek and Armenian families to gather and play a game of egg tapping. Similar traditions exist in many different places such as in Cajun communities in Louisiana … Continue reading The secret of egg tapping boiled down: outsmart your peers on Greek Easter
We are delighted to be celebrating the first anniversary of the Form Finding Lab blog with you. You have been an amazing audience and we would like to thank you by sharing our highlights with you. ENGINEERING AND ARTS: We pride ourselves at exploring the intersection of engineering and the arts. We believe that this is important for three reasons. First of all engineering works … Continue reading You are invited to celebrate our 1st anniversary with us!