Shell structures for architecture: Form finding and optimization

Sigrid M. Adriaenssens, Philippe Block, Diederik Veenendaal, Chris Williams

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Abstract

Bringing together experts from research and practice, Shell Structures for Architecture: Form Finding and Optimization presents contemporary design methods for shell and gridshell structures, covering form-finding and structural optimization techniques. It introduces architecture and engineering practitioners and students to structural shells and provides computational techniques to develop complex curved structural surfaces, in the form of mathematics, computer algorithms, and design case studies.

• Part I introduces the topic of shells, tracing the ancient relationship between structural form and forces, the basics of shell behaviour, and the evolution of form-finding and structural optimization techniques.

• Part II familiarizes the reader with form-finding techniques to explore expressive structural geometries, covering the force density method, thrust network analysis, dynamic relaxation and particle-spring systems.

• Part III focuses on shell shape and topology optimization, and provides a deeper understanding of gradient-based methods and meta-heuristic techniques.

• Part IV contains precedent studies of realised shells and gridshells describing their innovative design and construction methods.

*** Featuring a foreword by Pritzker Prize Winner Shigeru Ban ***

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages323
Volume9781315849270
ISBN (Print)9781315849270
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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