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Form-finding and Design Potentials of Bending-active Plate Structures

Find here a link to my recent publication on “Form-finding and Design Potentials of Bending-active Plate Structures”. This work was featured at the Design Modelling Symposium 2015 in Copenhagen

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/289707025_Form-finding_and_Design_Potentials_of_Bending-active_Plate_Structures 

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Project Videos: Out of Plane Exhibition

Compilation of videos featured at the “Out of Plane: Designing Flexible Structures” Exhibition at UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Department of Architecture.

Out of Plane: Designing Flexible Structures from Simon Schleicher on Vimeo.

Arch Exhibition – Out of Plane: Designing Flexible Structures

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​​arch exhibition
Out of Plane 
Designing flexible structures
Nov. 2-25, 10am-5pm
108 Wurster Hall

This collaborative exhibition, Out of Plane: Designing flexible structures,  presents simulations, sketch models, and large-scale demonstrators of novel architectural forms and structures made possible through the creative exploration of bending and folding principles. It showcases the work of Asst. Prof. Simon Schleicher and students from the ITKE at the University of Stuttgart and UC Berkeley’s Department of Architecture. With modern computational design tools and innovative elastic materials available to architects today, deployable flexible structures are ever more possible. The exhibit takes on an integrative approach of physical form-finding and computer aided structural design: adopting mechanisms long avoided by engineers, such as the bending and buckling of thin plates as well as harnessing the idea of cross-connecting multiple layers, which taken by themselves may be too soft, but in their combination allow the construction of complex, lightweight, and strong structures. Highlighting an additional advantage to this research direction as it scales up in application: these structures were generated from simple planar parts, fabricated using conventional flatbed processes, and assembled without the necessity for skilled labor. The challenge at hand is in the design stage as it is difficult to anticipate the deformation from two-dimensional to curved geometries. The work presented here explores that challenge deeper and illustrates the elegant structural possibilities made possible through this innovative approach.

This exhibition is supported by: CARA – California Research Alliance by BASFSOFiSTiK AGUC Berkeley Department of ArchitectureUniversity of Stuttgart Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE)

The Out of Plane opening reception will be held on Monday, November 9 from 6-8pm.

Department of Architecture
College of Environmental Design
University of California, Berkeley
BerkeleyCA 94720–1820

Presentation at Design Modelling Symposium Copenhagen 2015

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Simon Schleicher is going to present his collaborative research on “Form-finding and Design Potentials of Bending-active Plate Structures” at this year Design Modelling Symposium in Copenhagen 09/30/2015. For more information please visit https://www.design-modelling-symposium.de or check the conference book on “Modelling Behaviour” http://goo.gl/anVVih.

Schleicher, S., Rastetter, A., La Magna, R., Schönbrunner, A., Haberbosch, N., Knippers, J. (2015). Form-finding and Design Potentials of Bending-active Plate Structures, In: Modelling Behaviour, Design Modelling Symposium 2015, Ed. by Thomsen, M.R. et al., Springer, ISBN: 978-3-319-24206-4

Lecture at Berkeley Circus 2015

If you happen to be near the College of Environmental Design (CED) on March 6th, stop by the Berkeley Circus. It will be a great opportunity to see current work of students and faculty. In addition, I will be giving a lecture at 12pm in room 104 Wurster Hall.

For more information visit the official website.

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Lecture at USC

if you are around, stop by my lecture at the University of Southern California, USC School of Architecture,

02/13/2015 – 5pm

Video of the Kinetic Facade at the EXPO Yeosu

The architecture office soma just released a video of the Kinetic Facade of the Thematic Pavilion at the EXPO 2012, which they designed in collaboration with Knippers Helbig advanced engineering and our ITKE institute.