WHAT I AM THINKING: HISTORIAN AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEER TYLER SPRAGUE

Tyler S. Sprague teaches courses in structural design & architectural history at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA.  He holds engineering degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington (UW) and worked professionally as a structural engineer before completing a Ph.D. in architectural history in the College of Built Environments at the UW. Sprague’s research investigates the intersection of architecture … Continue reading WHAT I AM THINKING: HISTORIAN AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEER TYLER SPRAGUE

StoneMatters: QAMT/Analogy

Here we present the recent work QAMT/Analogy – Stone Matters by Elias and Yousef Anastas.We are always proud to showcase the amazing works of the Form Finding Lab alumni such as Yousef. Born as a reaction to a systematic misuse of clad stone in Palestine, Stone matters is an experimentation-based research project examining the potential of including structural stone within the language of contemporary architecture … Continue reading StoneMatters: QAMT/Analogy

What I am thinking: computer scientist and lace artist Veronika Irvine

Veronika Irvine is a postdoctoral fellow in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She studied math and computer science and received her Masters degree from the University of Waterloo and her Ph.D. from the University of Victoria. Her research area is the computational generation of textile structures based on the technique of bobbin lace. Sigrid Adriaenssens: What is bobbin … Continue reading What I am thinking: computer scientist and lace artist Veronika Irvine

NETS AND DANCE: Making the invisible visible

Throughout history engineers and artists have been fascinated by making the invisible visible. For example, the visual artist and polymath Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) wanted to understand and control the forceful flow of water and found great beauty in its eddies and swirls. He recorded the 3D nature of these flows in space and time, made them legible and expressed their visual impact through his … Continue reading NETS AND DANCE: Making the invisible visible

NETS AND DANCE: What can we learn from nature and art?

In the Barry Onouye architectural studio at the University of Washington, we are exploring how nets can be imagined and built for visual expression.  In my previous post, we discussed the mechanics of nets and exemplified their behavior with nets that we use in daily applications.  In this post, we turn our attention to how net can be topologically classified and how we see those … Continue reading NETS AND DANCE: What can we learn from nature and art?

NETS AND DANCE: What do you know about nets?

In 2015 I received a phone call from Khalid Addi, professor at the University of Reunion, one of the islands in the Indian Ocean. This french island in the Indian Ocean, attracts surfers from all over the world to test their “surf”. In 2011 the first shark attacks started, officials closed beaches and the island’s tourism-based economy largely suffered. In the wave break zones of … Continue reading NETS AND DANCE: What do you know about nets?

Pier Luigi Nervi in the world: Italy, UK and Kuwait

This is my last post that reflects upon the works of Pier Luigi Nervi. This post is based on a book chapter that a senior student Mariam Wahed and I wrote . You might also be interested in my other posts written about Nervi and his works in Italy and the United States of America. I apologise for the quality of some of the images … Continue reading Pier Luigi Nervi in the world: Italy, UK and Kuwait

What I am thinking: movie maker and masonry specialist Emil Adiels

Emil Adiels is a researcher and lecturer and a part of the Architecture and Engineering Research Group at Chalmers University of Technology of Sweden. His research focus is gravitational structures and masonry with respect to geometry, structural mechanics and production methods. What fewer people know is that Emil is also an amazing movie maker. Sigrid Adriaenssens: why do you make movies about structures? Emil Adiels: … Continue reading What I am thinking: movie maker and masonry specialist Emil Adiels

Pier Luigi Nervi in Italy (part 2): cantilevering stadium roofs

This blog post is based on a manuscript I wrote with my colleague and friend Prof. David Billington.  If you are interested in finding out more about Prof. Billington and his thoughts on Pier Luigi Nervi, you might want to sign-up for this amazing free on-line course “The Art of Structural Engineering” , given by Prof. Maria Garlock. You might also be interested in my … Continue reading Pier Luigi Nervi in Italy (part 2): cantilevering stadium roofs

Pier Luigi Nervi in Italy (part 1): his ribbed floor slab systems

Happy New Year to you all! I am on my way to Roma Tre University (Rome, Italy) to present our work on biomimetic morphing forms and participate in workshop on Hygroscapes. This year I have some very exciting and innovative projects ligned up which I will tell you about in my next posts. No better way to start the year than to write a post … Continue reading Pier Luigi Nervi in Italy (part 1): his ribbed floor slab systems