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HMEI Faculty Seminar: "Building Forms That Adapt to the Natural Environment”
Sigrid Adriaenssens, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, will discuss the challenge of designing lightweight structural systems that are conducive to a resilient and sustainable built environment, but must be implemented at large spatial scales over periods of decades to centuries.

Adriaenssens — whose research focuses on the mechanics and design of slender large-span shells and membranes under extreme natural loading — has innovated structural and architectural systems ranging from adaptive shading devices for buildings, to coastal storm-surge barriers.

Adriaenssens, who is an associated faculty member in HMEI, is the final speaker in the fall 2021 HMEI Faculty Seminar Series.

Dec 7, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sigrid Adriaenssens
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering @Princeton University
Adriaenssens’s research focuses on lightweight surface systems and how they can be optimized and realized to interact with extreme structural or environmental loading. This includes research on flexible and rigid shells and plates, submerged flexible membranes and nets, and metamaterials with applications for a resilient urban environment. The applications range from adaptive building shading devices to large-scale inflatable storm surge barriers and are sometimes inspired by systems that evolved in biology, art or architecture. Adriaenssens’ research spans analytical approaches to study non-linear mechanics, seeking new numerical form finding, optimization and machine-learning approaches and fluid-interaction models as well as experimental aspects based on prototyping of small and medium scale systems using CAD/CAM and robotic construction.