Thinkshell

1 week 5 days ago

We're proud to be involved with Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture Paris-Malaquais, XtreeE and IFSTTAR in this project dealing with the reuse of dirt from the Grand Paris as building materials through 3d printing. It was awarded with by FAIRE 2019 grant at Pavillon de l'Arsenal.

Imprimer les terres du Grand Paris ? | FAIRE 2019 | Projets

Thinkshell

3 weeks 4 days ago

New gridshells coming up! Urban Canopee #gridshell #greencities

Form Finding Lab

Thinkshell

2 months 1 week ago

Congratulations to Dr. Victor Charpentier who defended his PhD in Princeton University last Friday! Victor's work focused on "Mechanisms of compliant shell", a phenomenon sometimes harnessed to create kinetic facades.

Readers: Prof. Sigrid Adriaenssens (Princeton U.) and Prof. Branko Glisic (Princeton U.)
Examiners: Prof. Sigrid Adriaenssens (Princeton U.), Prof. Olivier Baverel (Ecole des Ponts Paristech), Prof. Sasha Eisenman (Temple University) and Prof. Forrest Meggers (Princeton U.)

The Form Finding Lab is excited to invite you to the PhD defense of Victor Charpentier on FRIDAY May 3, 9:30am, E219. Victor will present his dissertation work "Mechanisms of Compliant Shells". More details in the flyer below

Form Finding Lab

Thinkshell

2 months 2 weeks ago

Tomorrow Olivier Baverel, Professor HDR at École des Ponts ParisTech - Thinkshell, will be presenting on "Construction-aware morphogenesis of shells" in E311 at 11am. The lecture is part of our class on Plates and Shells and is sponsored by the William Pierson Fund. Join Us!

Photos de la publication de Thinkshell

Thinkshell

2 months 2 weeks ago

Awesome workshop at Chalmers University of Technology! In two days only, our students dived into the architecture weaving. They connected flexible structures, geometry of surfaces, topology of patterns... and the theory of relativity(!) to design their prototypes. Five-star teachers including Alison Grace Martin and Chris Williams who gave impressive lectures. Thanks for the invitation Emil Adiels!

Thinkshell

3 months 1 day ago

Robin Oval is invited by Emil Adiels to co-teach a workshop on April 25-26 at Chalmers University of Technology on 'The Architecture of Weaving', along with Alison Grace Martin, Chris J.K. Williams and others. Robin will share his expertise on topology finding applied to basket weaving, where geometry, topology and structure are tightly connected. Great to go back to the host university of the last Aag2018 symposium, where Alison, Chris and Robin presented their respective works in the same session!

Thinkshell

3 months 4 days ago

A real-time pic of Robin Oval presenting his research on topology-finding at 'Form and Structure' workshop at Politecnico di Torino. (Photo: Olivier Baverel)

Thinkshell

3 months 5 days ago

This week, we took part to a joint seminar between Ecole des Ponts and the University of Cambridge, organized by the Labex MMCD. We were delighted to meet and hear Allan Mcrobie, a structural engineer who works on graphic statics. Here is one of his previous talks at the university of Oxford.

Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures The Seduction of Curves: The Lines of Beauty That Connect Mathematics, Art and The Nude Allan McRobie There is a deep conn...

Photos de la publication de Thinkshell

Thinkshell

3 months 1 week ago

The concept Arch'gami is the result of a cooperation between students from different fields (architects, engineers and craftsmen). You can see the pavilion, inspired by the geometry of origami in Nancy at the Würth France stand (Photo: Olivier Baverel).

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Le concept, Arch’Gami, a été réalisé en coopération avec les différentes formations de corps de métiers. Ainsi, ce sont les étudiants de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble (ENSAG) qui ont assuré la conception du stand. Des étudiants de l’Ecole des Ponts ParisTech ont réalisé les études techniques de descentes de charges dans les assemblages et en pied de la structure. Les Compagnons du tour de France d’Echirolles ont pris en charge la découpe, le montage et l’assemblage du stand entièrement construit en bois CLT fourni par PiveteauBois.

Ils ont participé au projet :

- Olivier Baverel, professeur à l’ENSAG ;
- Abdessamad Farazdag et Jérémy Alléon étudiants à l’ENSAG ;
- Laurane Neron et Marine Franceschi, étudiantes à l’École des Ponts ParisTech ;
- Pierre Chalas, enseignant aux Compagnons du tour de France d’Echirolles .
- Stephen Conord, assistant à maitrise d’ouvrage, prescripteur, référent national en charge des relations écoles-entreprise chez Würth France ;

Thinkshell

3 months 2 weeks ago

Prof. Olivier Baverel and Robin Oval will be presenting some of the group's work at Politecnico di Torino on April 12 in a workshop on 'Form and Structure' organized by Dr. Fiammetta Venutti, Dr. Alberto Pugnale and Prof. Giuseppe Marano. Have a look at the pretty exciting programme with the other speakers!

Thinkshell

3 months 3 weeks ago

Last week was the Design Seminar at Ecole des Ponts. Engineers, architects and designers teamed up to design and build arches, bridges, auxetic structures, and much more ! Many ThinkShell members were in the teaching team.
Le Parisien published an article on the event :
http://www.leparisien.fr/seine-et-marne-77/en-images-champs-sur-marne-eleves-ingenieurs-et-architectes-rivalisent-d-inventivite-22-03-2019-8037858.php

EN IMAGES. Champs-sur-Marne : futurs ingénieurs, architectes et designers rivalisent d’inventivité

Thinkshell

3 months 3 weeks ago

If you want to learn how to perform feature-based topology finding of patterns for shell-like structures, using a skeleton-based generation scheme and a low-level quad mesh grammar, check out our recent paper in Automation in Construction, resulting from a joint effort with the Block Research Group of ETH Zurich!

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331064073_Feature-based_Topology_Finding_of_Patterns_for_Shell_Structures

Thinkshell

4 months 3 weeks ago

Paul Andreu, architect and engineer, designer of many airports worldwide passed away last year. Although he was best known for his work on infrastructure, he also designed some cultural buildings, like the Beijing Opera House, or the Osaka Maritime Museum. The envelope of the latter is a glazed gridshell covered with planar quadrilaterals which follow an elegant spiraling pattern.

Romain Mesnil revisited the geometrical rules for creating such patterns for arbitrary surfaces in a recent publication that you can find below. It is proven that the glazing of the Maritime Museum of Osaka follow specific loxodromic curves on a sphere, although the design team initially thought that they used Viviani's curves. The paper also explores the link between this specific parametrisation and the mapping of planar hexagonal meshes on surfaces, be sure to check it out! #structure #architecturalgeometry #paulandreu

www.researchgate.net

Thinkshell

5 months 1 week ago

In thinkshell 3D-printing team, we are so enthusiastic at printing a large scale object that we forgot to check the dimension of the door..

Result : lot of fun to remove a part of the wall..

to do list : increase the dimension of the door !

Design By Data

Thinkshell

5 months 1 week ago

Discover a student project combining form-finding and analysis tools for the design of active bending segmented shells, part of the Design by Data program.

Discover the research project of our alumni Thomas Sicouri: HYPAR BASSH - Hyperbolic paraboloïd from bending active segmented shell

This research attempts to define an innovative methodology to conceive light, fast, easy to build yet structurally efficient structures. We decided to take advantages of both actively bent principles and segmented shell structures as a starting point to develop
the research. As a general principle, we aim to use initially flat plates elements that we bend by fixing them to their support and neighbor to finally reach our expected
design. As we are trying to use actively bent arches system, the paper defines a process able to generate a collection of hypar shell-like design made out of segmented arches. From a simple topological approach, we apply a form finding method using Catmull-Clark and Laplacian smoothing to generate a throng of variations. For each variation, we apply a data visualization system which we extract data (bending stiffness,
developability, curvature, scale ...) that will allow us to apply a data visualization analyze and optimize to approach the design that fit the best to our needs. This principle might open new perspectives to fabricate doubly curved shell in an easy, cheap and fast way for conceiving lightweight shelter, temporary structures as well as flexible formworks and concrete wood composite shell. It is thought in the perspective of minimizing the amount of material while maximizing the structural efficiency and the speed of construction of complex tructures thanks to computational methods. As a more general proposition, this paper can also be seen as a general methodology on generative design and optimization.

Tutors: Romain Mesnil (faculty Design by Data, Thinkshell), Azar Khan and Gaëtan Kolher (HDA | Hugh Dutton Associés).

Thinkshell

5 months 1 week ago

We recently published a paper on the design and construction of a concrete space truss, using robotic mortar extrusion, printed in our facilities. This exploration opens new perspectives on the usage of extrusion, beyond the classical applications of 3d printing of thin shells.

Space Truss Masonry Walls With Robotic Mortar Extrusion

Thinkshell

5 months 1 week ago

The second semestre at Ecole des Ponts begins this week. The starting conference of the structural design course will be hold by the architect Luc Weizman (www.lwa.fr) at 13h45 in Amphi Navier, Wednesday 6th of February. Through the presentation of three projects (the radar of Saint Gloavec, the Couesnon dam in the Mont Saint-Michel bay and a water station in Achères), he will emphasis the necessary dialog between culture and technique in any design process.

Thinkshell

5 months 2 weeks ago

Découvrez un résumé de ce qui s'est dit lors du symposium DiXite 3d Print ainsi qu'une vidéo du workshop que nous avons organisé il y a deux semaines à l'École nationale des ponts et chaussées avec XtreeE, HAL Robotics - Versatile Robot Programming & Simulation Solutions, Design By Data et Lafarge France.

[Vidéo] Comment l’impression 3D béton transforme l’architecture et la construction - BTP - Construction

Thinkshell

5 months 3 weeks ago

We're currently organizing Dixite 3dprint, a national symposium on 3d printing in the construction industry. A roundtable discusses the future of the technology, with Prof. Baverel (École nationale des ponts et chaussées, Laboratoire Navier), Dr. Vivien Esnault (LafargeHolcim), Alain Guillen (XtreeE), Philippe Leblond (CSTB), Christian Pottgiesser (Architectures Possibles), Romaric Quentin (VINCI Construction). #3dprinting

Thinkshell

5 months 4 weeks ago

During the last two days and just before the DiXite 3dprint symposium, we were happy to host a intensive workshop on 3d printing, co-organized with XtreeE, HAL Robotics - Versatile Robot Programming & Simulation Solutions and Design By Data. Here is our research facility in action, with an extruder developped by XTreeE. #3dprinting #architecture #computationaldesign

Thanks to the workshop team: Paul Carneau, Leo Demont, Romain Duballet, Nicolas Ducoulombier, Tristan Gobin, Alban Mallet, Romain Mesnil, Adrien Rigobello.

Thinkshell

6 months 2 hours ago

Happy New Year 2019 everyone! The Thinkshell team wishes you all the best, personally and professionally!

One of our good resolutions for this year is to keep our website well updated!

And it starts with our research project on Topology Finding of Patterns, tackling topological exploration of the non-parametric design space of singularities in patterns. This is the core topic of Robin Oval's PhD, a collaboration with the Block Research Group of ETH Zürich!

http://thinkshell.fr/topology-finding-patterns/

Thinkshell

6 months 3 weeks ago

Last but not least lesson of the year, Eike Schling's talk is now available on our channel! Please discover this astonishing presentation at the frontier between geometry and architecture. After a systematic and beautifully illustrated panorama of repetitivity properties of curves on surfaces, he proposes a detailed exploration of assymptotic lines on minimal surfaces and demonstrated their remarkable constructive qualities in a wonderful pavilion at TU Munich. Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/Zq6Ych9rbPc

Eike Schling presents a variety of architectural studies which aim to construct gridshells from repetitive parts. For this purpose, he introduces a theoretic...

Thinkshell

7 months 1 day ago

🎥 Olivier Baverel, one of the faculty members of Design By Data Advanced Master and researcher in the Navier Laboratory, at IFSTTAR and CNRS shares his vision of digital tools which enable to increase our modes of design process. He also talks about his involvement on the Advanced Master Program.

► Learn more about Design By Data : http://mastere-dbd.enpc.fr/

Thinkshell

7 months 2 days ago

Amir Vaxman's lesson is now available on-line too. His lecture on Möbius Geometry Processing was fascinating and really inspiring. The general level and prerequisite might be a little high but it is worth watching untill the end and discovering what geometry of circles in space can bring to architecture and fabrication-aware design. Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/iKNggVAa8Hw

Moebius Geometry Processing The mainstream approaches in digital geometry processing employ triangular (simplicial) meshes, discretize differential quantitie...

Thinkshell

7 months 1 week ago

That's it. The first video of the Thinkshell Architectural Geometry Lessons is available on-line. Discover the wonderfull developments of Mark Pauly on auxetic patterns or the captivating light patterns called caustics. About 60 persons attended this living presentation with astonishing direct demonstrations with light. Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/cRYzc22Hw68

LIGHT, MATTER, FORM In this talk, Mark Pauly outlines a general computational approach for material-aware design of complex 3D models. The key step is to ide...