Geometric design and fabrication strategies for masonry structures

Masonry has an important place in the history architecture and our cultural heritage. Even though many thousand years old the idea of stacking blocks in different configurations is still very much relevant, not only in architecture, but also in toys and games such as Lego® and Minecraft©. The intersection between historical and modern methods and theories creates interesting avenues for research and the reinvention of bricks and masonry structures in a modern context. We investigate geometrical patterns, production techniques and structural forms that can be integrated in new tools for form finding, analysis and fabrication of masonry structures.

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Prestress in nature and technics

To direct the forces of nature is a central task in the creation of spaces and load-carrying structures for architecture. This research investigates how prestress can be used as a design tool for the creation of material efficient and well-functioning structures, and in early design stages contribute to sustainable, functional and beautiful architecture.

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Material informed digital sculptural design

This project aims to investigate how to make better use of material properties in the sculptural aspects of digital design by exploring the mathematical representation of elasticity in relation to digital form representation and the process of artistic sculpting. The work builds on from existing form finding techniques that aim reduce material usage by optimising structural form under the influence of a gravitational field, but aims for a generalisation of the such a method so that it can be applied in a different context and under a different set of forces/force fields. The method development is targeted for application to structural joints with a high demand in terms of the geometrical and structural complexity.

3D printed nodes for structural steelwork connections in civil engineering and architecture

This project aims to develop peridynamics to integrate design, analysis and additive manufacturing with application to 3D printing of metal. Mechanical joints are often both geometrically complex and subjected to varying loads, with a scale and a complexity that is appropriate for the development of mathematical tools that can integrate architectural design with computational analysis and additive manufacturing.

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Textile architecture (in)formed by wind:
Design methods and tools

With a research through design approach, the project explores textile form, material, and production methods, as well as mathematical sketching, simulations and physical prototypes. The aim is to inspire a wider use of textiles within architecture.