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

Bio-inspiration: necessary abstraction in the study of biological adaptive structures (1/2)

In this first post of 2-part series on bio-inspiration I detail the design philosophy that has guided the study of plant movements reported in a recent publication on amplification of actuation in plants. The second post of the series details the 5 abstracted mechanisms of amplification of actuation in plant movements identified in the publication. The bustling trend of bio-mimicry has gotten the world of shape … Continue reading Bio-inspiration: necessary abstraction in the study of biological adaptive structures (1/2)