Structures designed in the Low Countries: the ice shell Flamenco tower

With the cold weather upon us, we wanted to share this fascinating ice shell project with you. An international team of students and professors from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Summa College, the Netherlands, and Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China, have completed the largest ice shell ever after two years of preparation. TU/e and HIT realized this architectural ice structure, the “Flamenco Ice Tower”, … Continue reading Structures designed in the Low Countries: the ice shell Flamenco tower

Art and Engineering: testing he boundaries of the physical world: allowing large deformations

Structural engineers envision, design, and construct the bridges and long‐span buildings people depend on daily. Traditionally, the structural engineer’s approach has been to control and limit the stress levels, deflections, and natural frequency in structural systems. While the structural engineering discipline rarely challenges this dogma of limitation and control, this is a fundamental question in art. Many artifacts show that testing the boundaries of the … Continue reading Art and Engineering: testing he boundaries of the physical world: allowing large deformations

What I am thinking: structure-inspired artist Lancelot Coar

Lancelot Coar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, specializing in undergraduate and masters level design studio and construction technology lecture courses and is a researcher at the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST). His research includes the development of building systems using fabric formed concrete, fabric reinforced concrete, fabric reinforced ice structures, bending active fiberglass frames and post-tensioned wood. … Continue reading What I am thinking: structure-inspired artist Lancelot Coar

HyparGate: Italian researchers reviving the ancient art of stereotomy

Italian architects of the New Fundamentals Research Group (Polytechnic University of Bari) and engineers from Roma Tre University are designing and constructing innovative reinforced stone shells and reviving stereotomy, the ancient art of cutting stones. Using advanced modeling and analysis software, and robotic fabrication, the team, coordinated by Prof. Giuseppe Fallacara, has designed the HyparGate, the first discrete hyperbolic paraboloid made of stone. The HyparGate … Continue reading HyparGate: Italian researchers reviving the ancient art of stereotomy