Let’s have R-Fun

  The solution to this Latin anagram published by Robert Hooke (1635-1703) is the following “Ut pendet continuum flexile, sic stabit contiguum rigidum inversum”, the translation is “As hang the flexible line, so but inverted will stand the rigid arch”. The concept is simple: in order to obtain an arch that acts in pure compression, the shape of the equivalent hanging chain needs to be … Continue reading Let’s have R-Fun

Blow-Up Bulwark

This article was originally published on November 2, 2017 on Urban Omnibus We associate inflatable structures with ludic landscapes like the bounce castle and hippie hangout. Impractical techno-utopias all. But for engineer Sigrid Adriaenssens and her Form Finding Lab, inflatables could offer a very practical response to the growing threat of storm surge flooding and the uncertainty of climate change. More air bag than pleasure dome, … Continue reading Blow-Up Bulwark