Strength through Geometry - Re-imagining shell structures

Robotics at Leeds and the School of Civil Engineering present this seminar with guest speaker and world leader in the field of digital design and fabrication, Dr Philippe Block.

Throughout history, master builders have discovered expressive forms through the constraints of economy, efficiency and elegance. There is much to learn from the structural principles they developed. Novel structural design tools that extend traditional graphical methods to three dimensions allow designers to discover a vast range of possible shell forms. By better understanding the flow of forces in three dimensions, excess material can be eliminated, natural resources conserved, and humble materials like earth and stone reimagined.
Drawing from a revival of forgotten principles combined with the latest advances in the design, engineering, fabrication and construction of doubly-curved shell structures, this seminar reveals the foundations upon which the award-winning “Beyond Bending” exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016 and the thin, flexibly formed concrete shell of the NEST HiLo project were based.

Further information

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Dr Philippe Block, Professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, studied architecture and structural engineering at the VUB in Belgium and at MIT in USA. The Block Research Group focuses on equilibrium design methods and computational form finding and fabrication of curved surface structures. Prof. Block is the director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication and partner of Ochsendorf DeJong & Block (ODB Engineering). Professor Block has just been recipient of the Kunstpreis Berlin (Berlin Art Prize) in the Architecture Category.

Refreshments will be available from 5:30pm, the seminar will begin at 6:00pm. 

For more information about Robotics at Leeds and the School of Civil Engineering, visit the websites.