We are taking a break for the summer. Stay tuned for new posts coming in September. Continue reading “A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it” – Robert Orben
As we enter into the 3rd year of the Form Finding Blog, we look back at all the inspiring people we have met and interviewed and all the amazing design and scholarship we have written about. Posts like “Assessing the stability of Masonry Structures Part 1 and 2” (research) and “Higrow – Hygroscopic properties of wood used as programmable matter in lightweight construction” (design) and … Continue reading Transistioning into our 2nd Anniversary!
Recently the American Shell Builder Jack Christiansen (1937-2017) passed away. With many other shell builders ( like Luigi Nervi (1891–1979), Eduardo Torroja (1899–1961), Anton Tedesko (1904–1994), Félix Candela (1910–1997) and Heinz Isler (1926–2009)), a large body of knowledge about the design and analysis of shells has disappeared. Furthermore, a recent study of current US academic curricula showed that few US Civil Engineering Departments offer courses … Continue reading How can we learn about shells and membranes?
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!
Welcome to the Form Finding Lab’s blog! Under the direction of Prof. Sigrid Adriaenssens, we are a group based at Princeton University dedicated to studying the relationship between form and efficiency for the sustainability of future structures. This blog serves to share ideas and news from members of the group. Feel free to take a look around! Continue reading Welcome!
By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. Structural engineers envision, design and construct the bridges and long-span buildings those city dwellers daily depend upon daily. The construction industry is one of most resource-intensive sectors, and yet our urban infrastructure continues to be built in the massive tradition in which strength is pursued through material mass. In contrast, the research at the … Continue reading About the Form Finding Lab