2021 Hearst Lecture Series - Sigrid Adriaenssens

“Structural Forms in Architecture” 1 pm, April 7th, 2021


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Sigrid Adriaenssens, Ph.D.

Sigrid Adriaenssens’s research focuses on how shell and membrane structures can be designed, optimized and realized to interact with extreme loading to enable a resilient urban and natural environment. She is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University where she directs the Form Finding Lab and is affiliated with the School of Architecture.

According to Adriaenssens, “By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. We envision, design, and construct structures that those city dwellers depend on 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, I have focused my research on structural systems that derive their performance from their curved shape, dictated by the flow of forces. As a result, these structures can be extremely thin, cost‐effective, and have a smaller carbon footprint.

My core research concerns the relationship between form and structural efficiency. In my lecture, I will focus on the design, optimization and realization of structural forms for long-span shells, large-scale raised and submerged flexible net barriers, and adaptive building facades. Some of these systems are inspired by systems that have evolved in biology, art or craft.”


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