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Adaptive Structures: the future of our built environment

1 September, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


As part of The Building Centre’s Adaptive Structures exhibition, this panel discussion will start reflecting on the possibilities offered by the new engineering design paradigm of Adaptive Structures and will explore the meaning of adaptability from other perspectives including experiential and environmental.

Despite huge technological advancements all around, the way everyday buildings structures are designed has not changed fundamentally for over 100 years; design a structure to be strong, and then check to make sure it does not move around too much. Why should the built environment industry not rethink this basic assumption?

Recent research and development has demonstrated that, unlike conventional structures, adaptive structures can successfully change their shape to prevent excessive movement caused by loads, indicating that we could now achieve super-slender structures that use much less material, less whole-life energy and achieve very high levels of performance. But is this practical in the real world?


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