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Structures and Architecture

Beyond their Limits, 1st Edition

Edited by Paulo J. da Sousa Cruz

CRC Press

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Although the disciplines of architecture and structural engineering have both experienced their own historical development, their interaction has resulted in many fascinating and delightful structures. To take this interaction to a higher level, there is a need to stimulate the inventive and creative design of architectural structures and to persuade architects and structural engineers to further collaborate in this process, exploiting together new concepts, applications and challenges.

This set of book of abstracts and full paper searchable CD-ROM presents selected papers presented at the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture Conference (ICSA2016), organized by the School of Architecture of the University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal (July 2016), to promote the synergy in the collaboration between the disciplines of architecture and structural engineering.

Table of Contents


Innovation in architectural steel

T. Boake

Bridges and viaducts between engineering and architecture

E. Siviero

Glass challenges – past, present, and future

J. O’Callaghan

Materials science, bridging the gap between architecture, architectural engineering and structural engineering

F. Veer


Mini-Symposium & Special Session

New wood and bio-based construction

Overview on the structural performance of timber structures under the effects of blast loading – research and design considerations

D. Lacroix, C. Viau, D. Côté, M. Poulin, A. Lopez & G. Doudak

Wall elements made of timber andWood-Cement Compounds – building-physical properties and structural performance

D. Zwicky & N. Macchi

Slab elements made of timber andWood-Cement Compounds – structural and other performances

M. Eymard & D. Zwicky

Function and design of innovative bio-based products for the building sector

A. Falk & M. Wålinder

Beech LVL – high strength material for engineered timber structures

H. Blass, M. Frese & M. Enders-Comberg

Experimental campaign of mechanical CLT connections subjected to a combination of shear and tension forces

L. Pozza, M. Massari, M. Savoia & B. Ferracuti

Experimental analysis of a new connection system for CLT structures

A. Polastri, R. Brandner & D. Casagrande

Numerical analyses of high- and medium-rise CLT buildings braced with cores and additional shear walls

A. Polastri, L. Pozza, C. Loss & I. Smith

Bio-based structural building components grown into near net shape

F. Moser, M. Trautz, A. Beger, M. Löwer, J. Feldhusen, J. Prell, J. Reimer, A.Wormit, B. Usadel, C. Kämpfer, T. Seiler & H. Hollert

Pourable wood-cement compounds – properties, potential and challenges of a new structural material

N. Macchi & D. Zwicky

Can CLT construction help Copenhagen become world’s first carbon neutral city?

D. Horswill & T. Nielsen

Energy and seismic performance of timber buildings in Mediterranean region

A. Polastri, G. Poh’siè, I. Paradisi & J. Ratajczak

A new dissipative connection for CLT buildings

L. Marchi, D. Trutalli, R. Scotta, L. Pozza &A. Ceccotti

Everyday tectonics

Everyday tectonics? – clarification of concepts

A. Beim & M. Hvejsel

A didactic of tectonics

N. Cowee

Constructing and construing environmental sensations

I. Foged

Auxiliary architectures – the everyday potential of supplementary textile architectures

M. Hensel & D. Hensel

Tectonic transformations. Reclaiming everyday architecture

C. Bundgaard

The tectonics of recycling

U. Madsen

Investigations on cultural ecology of industrial timber construction – through tectonic understanding of new wood materials

K. Sundahl

Tensegrity systems – transferring tectonics from the extraordinary to the everyday

M. Hensel, G. Bover, J. Hoen, S. da Cunha & S. Sørensen

The ecology of urban tectonics – studied in everyday building culture of Hans Christian Hansen

A. Beim & M. Hvejsel

Performance aided assisted design

Building timber gridshells with air: Numerical simulations and technique challenges

A. Liuti, A. Pugnale & B. d’Amico

Specialised algorithms for different project stages in a post-formed timber gridshell design

S. Pone, G. Mirra, E. Pignatelli, D. Lancia & S. Colabella

Computation tools for the design of a deployable dome structure

D. Lee, O. Larsen & S. Kim

Transformable bending-active structures: Manipulating elastic deformation in kinetic and rapidly assembled structures S. Brancart, L. De Laet & N. de Temmerman

Generative material simulation: Contemporary trends in parametric structural design

J. Ripple

Advances in design and fabrication of free-form reciprocal structures

D. Parigi

The authority of the structure

The art of structure

J. Schwartz

National technical library Prague – building as a technical textbook

O. Hofmeister

How to re-open the black box in the structural design of complex geometries

K. Verbeeck, L. Loos, L. De Laet & L. Muller

Trended structures – on the authority of the load-bearing structure

N. Graber & C. Steiger

Homage – source of inspiration

M. Schlaich

Reinforced ice structures: in the footsteps of Da Vinci and Candela

Historical development of structural ice

A. Pronk, N. Vasiliev & J. Belis

Compressive strength of ice and cellulose-ice composite

P.J.S. Cruz & J. Belis

Technical installations to enable the construction of the “Juuka in ice” project 2016

J. van den Elzen

Design of Da Vinci’s bridge in ice

A. Pronk, R. Blok, M. van Brunschot, A. van Lier, F. van de Mortel, K.Williams, M. Arntz, L. Hermens, R. Koekkoek &T. van den Nieuwenhof

Reinforced ice structures: In the footsteps of Candela

J. Belis, B. Ronsse, K. Martens, B. van Lancker, P.J.S. Cruz & G. Deruyter

On-site geometrical measurements of an experimental ice composite shell through TLS and photogrammetry

G. Deruyter, K. Fransen, H. Glas & J. Belis

Teaching architecture in full scale – wood

Models in 1:1 – a powerful education and research tool for bridging the gap between architects and engineers

O. Popovic-Larsen

From best practices to tactical design

P. Tidwell

Phases of intensive design and build workshops in architectural education

P. Aalto & S. Rintala

Learn-by-making and its role in architectural education – examples from Sweden and Australia

D. Bylund

Full scale in four months – objectives, methods and results

J. Siem, B. Braaten & A. Gilberg

Teaching architecture in full scale – regional materials

Material, structure, tectonics: The power of full scale in the education of architects

U. Meister & C. Rist-Stadelmann

Constructing things for constructing other things

T. Berlemont

An inclusive aesthetic approach to full scale building

N. Haarsaker & G. Brenk

Learning at the scale of “real life”. New pedagogical ideas for teaching architecture

M. Spaan

Building culture written into the landscape – how to read spatial tradition

J. Borucka

Listening to the material. An intuitive approach to the knowledge ofconstruction materials

R. Farré

Didactic concepts within teaching architecture in one to one scale – two cases

F. Hakonsen, M.Waagaard, A. Gilberg & J. Siem

Beyond disciplines

Shared parameters: Interfaces of collaborative exchange

J. Ripple

AECO:Web based collaborative digital design

M. Naugle

Interdisciplinary synergy

R. Roesling & B. Nuttall

Blurring boundaries through interdisciplinary engagement

M. Mistur

On the tectonics in architecture

Heinz Hossdorf: The innovation of “mixed rims” in the thin concrete shells of modern architecture

P. Cassinello

The “question of the technique”: From the designing idea to the realized form

R. Panei, P. Trovalusci & A. Tinelli

Structural design and aesthetics of infrastructures in natural and artificial environments

M. Pasca

Foldable geometries for architectural applications: Tectonics and material expression

K. Liapi, A. Ioannidi & E. Spyridonos

Revisiting the form finding techniques of Sergio Musmeci: The bridge over the Basento river

P. Magrone, G. Tomasello, S. Adriaenssens, S. Gabriele & V. Varano

A two-stage approach for the design of grid shells

E. Grande, M. Imbimbo & V. Tomei

Three-dimensional lower-bound analysis of masonry structures

P. Foti, A. Fraddosio, N. Lepore & M. Piccioni

Structure and form. Changes of state in architecture – from modern to contemporary

A. Russo

General Contributions

Building envelopes

New equipment for new technology: Fixing systems for thin, Textile Reinforced Concrete façades

M. Roik

Mashrabiya reinvented: Double façades, Persian Gulf style

T. Boake

Reconstruction of roof decks of large roofs as a result of a synergy between technical and architectural solutions

V. Tichomirov, K. Landl & D. Beˇckovský

Façade modernisation for retrofitting existing buildings to achieve nearly zero energy buildings

S. Zuhaib, M. Hajdukiewicz, M. Keane & J. Goggins

Structural laminated bamboo passive house

M. Taylor

Application of simple surface climate models for modelling mould growth on wooden façades

T. Thiis, I. Burud, D. Kraniotis & L. Gobakken

An oak composite thermal dynamic envelope

I. Foged & A. Pasold

External musculature: The façade in the works of Ignacio Álvarez Castelao

P. Cueto

Understanding the complexities of building physics and human behaviour in achieving a nearly zero energy building

P. Moran M. Hajdukiewicz & J. Goggins

Thermal behaviour of reinforced concrete and brick masonry structures. A case study

M. Molina-Huelva, A. Barrios-Padura & P. Fernández-Ans

Computer and experimental methods

Designing a slender footbridge based on a passive control algorithm

J. Jiménez-Alonso, A. Díaz &A. Sáez

Free form surfaces construction with precast pieces and minimum formwork

P. Vegas & A. Bernabeu

Genetically enhanced parametric design in the exploration of architectural solutions

P. von Buelow

Dynamic analysis of a modern cable-stayed footbridge

J. Dulinska & I. Murzyn

Optimization of stadium roof structure using force density method

M. Uroš, P. Gidak & D. Lazarevi´c

Concept architectural buildings/Futuristic structures

Sun, sea, sand and architectural structures

R. Rahman & M. Daud

Rotoreliefs, definitively unfinished: From constructivism experiences to his legacy in progress, 1915–1998

C. García

Concrete and masonry structures

The structure of the external lift at the Port of Ribadeo, Galicia, Spain

J. Valcárcel

Form and structure in the Cathedral of Cuzco

H. Rodríguez-Camilloni

Assessment of masonry buildings subjected to landslide by Strut-and-Tie Models

F. Palmisano &A. Elia

Beyond the funicular: Exploiting untapped potentials in masonry construction

E. Jannasch

Graphical methods for the design of masonry arches: The case of Luis Moya Blanco’s Nuestra Señora de la Araucana in Madrid, 1972

L. Todisco, S. Rojo & C. Fivet

Influence of the wall shape on the collapse of arch-wall systems

D. Aita, R. Barsotti & S. Bennati

Prefabricated planar elements for reinforced brick shells

A. Pick, S. Schäfer & J. Reising

Safety assessment of masonry structures based on modern methods and technologies

C. Dragomir, M. Calin, S. Purdoiu, A. Virsta & R. Manea

In the Arabian Gulf maintenance is the key to sustainability

M. Samarai

Sustainable construction through eco-efficient ultra-high performance concrete

I. Ferdosian &A. Camões

Educating architects and structural engineers

Advanced structural understanding: Load path and structural function revised

L. Luyten

A comparative study of the physical model as a tool for structural education

L. Luyten, T. Vilquin, I. Vrouwe & E. Verstrynge

Blending structural application into architectural design studios

M. Callahan, S. Shadravan & C. Leinneweber

Architect in residence: Pursuing integrated design within engineering

T. Nees

A structuralist view of prefabrication

A. Correia, L. da Silva & V. Murtinho

Effective assignments and haptic teaching methods in architectural structure

R. Schwaen & R. Arlt

Bridge Design; Education and research in the field of integral, innovative, sustainable bridge design at TU Delft

J. Smits

Behavior of building structures: Study through models of relevant architecture

E. Fenollosa, I. Cabrera, A. Almerich & V. Llopis

In search of the lunar catenary: Teaching form-active design with lower mathematics

E. Jannasch

Drawing in the engineering design process: Learning from the first 150 years of modern engineering

E. Brito, R. Póvoas & P. Providência

Structural engineering in architectural studies at CTU Prague

M. Vavruskova & M. Pospisil

The relationship between structure, architecture, and cost of building based on conceptual design of cable-stayed footbridge

S. Skibicki

The teaching of structural engineering – a practical approach

L. Houck & T. Aurlien

Design and build studios in architectural education

S. Sandness

Inverse investigations: Material definitions of structure and space

M. Donofrio

STEM principles implementation in Building Technology education at Texas universities

S. Toker-Beeson & R. Azari

Forces frozen: Hands-on exploration of structural ice shells

C. Fivet & C. Mueller

Tectonics in the study abroad design studio

S. Milovanovic-Bertram

A survey of structures education in North American schools of architecture

R. Dermody, D. Oakley & M. Uihlein

Crossing boundaries: Blurring the lines between engineers and architects

K. Dong & T. Fowler

Sketching as thinking: Structural concepts and design

M. Dunn

A freehand method for analyzing certain spatial porticoes almost accurately

A. Lacort

Emerging technologies

Systematic case study on energy efficiency of existing Irish buildings using BIM in order to achieve nearly zero energy standards

T. Ganguly, M. Hajdukiewicz, M. Keane & J. Goggins

Combining structural Topology Optimization and Big Area Additive Manufacturing – a case study

N. Nikolov & K. Fletcher

Glass structures

The behaviour of Fire Resistant glass under fire

K. Machalická, M. Charvátová, M. Eliášová & P. Kuklík

Durability of linear adhesive cold-formed steel-glass connections

B. Van Lancker,W. De Corte & J. Belis

System safety of statically indeterminate glass beams after failure

K. Martens, R. Caspeele & J. Belis

Developing the bundled glass column

F. Oikonomopoulou, F. Veer, T. Bristogianni & R. Nijsse

A scientifically valid approach for determining the design strength and safety factor for Heat Strengthened glass

F. Veer

Lateral and torsional stability of hybrid steel-glass beams

I. Pravdová & M. Eliášová

Innovative architectural and structural design

Optimization methodology for cross-section size in moment-resisting frame design

J. Xu, X. Lu & B. Spencer

Pedestrian bridge as public art: Detailing in exposed steel

T. Boake

Integrated complex shell structures made up of effectively transformed flat folded sheets

J. Abramczyk

Bending-active structures: A parametric analysis on decoding structural behavior and capacity

K. Alexandrou & M. Phocas

Innovative structural system consisting of CFT columns and precast concrete beams

L. Bezerra, A. El Debs & M. El Debs

Bionic patterns in architectural structures

N. Nawari &T. Chichugova

Is there a future for fabric-formed concrete structures?

R. Schmitz

Sarajevo University library architectural and structural concept

A.Paši´c, M. Hrasnica & F. Biberki´c

Early-stage integration of architectural and structural performance in a parametric multi-objective design tool

N. Brown, J. Ochsendorf, C. Mueller & J. de Oliveira

The new MAAT in Lisbon. Using old methods to design contemporary architectural solutions

E. Brito & R. Furtado

Structural system concept for twisted buildings

M. Piekarski

Integrating engineering and architecture

S. Smith

An eco-friendly approach for enhancing rural archaeological heritage in Romania

S. Bica, M. T˘am˘a¸san & C. M˘ar˘acineanu

Externally post-tensioned structures: Validation through physical models

L. Todisco & C. Mueller

Topology optimization of photovoltaic panels as a factor in shaping structural system and architectural form

R. Tarczewski & M. ´ Swie˛ciak

‘COCOON’ a bamboo building with integration of digital design and low-tech construction

L. Hansen & S. Kim

Studies in 3D topologies: Structural morphologies and grid shell structures

I. Lochner

Micro-mega – nature inspired structural patterns for tall buildings: Modeling, analysis, design

G. Montuori, G. Perrella, M. Fraldi & E. Mele

Lightweight and membrane structures

A simplified and robust material model for fabrics used in membrane structures

J. Pargana & V. Leitão

The newWarner Stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground: Innovative fabric roof structures

S. Smith, A. Lerpiniere,W. Whitby, M. Trousdell & R. Zara

Lightweight modular membrane structures for various applications

S. Gellin & R. Tarczewski

A case study for the use of structural textile cables in building

M. Brocato & R. Zarcone

Steel and composite structures

New roles of the structure in the refurbishment of the architectural heritage: The MediaLab-Prado project

J. Rey Rey & P.Vegas

Structural design challenges

Bearing structure of a multi layered stone façade in cantilever of a 5 story residence in Athens

M. Kyriazis

A yoga analogy in structural behaviour: Understanding versus computation

J. Bernabeu & A. Bernabeu

Lightweight steel intensive solutions for over-roofing of existing residential buildings

A. Floricel, V. Ungureanu & M. Georgescu

Tall buildings

Wind tunnel tests around bluff-bodies of circular base to optimize space grid envelope structures for high-rise steel buildings

R. Señís

An engineer reads. Interpreting the Citylife Tower RdD1 structural design process through an essay of Italo Calvino

E. Brito & R. Furtado

Comparative evaluation of diagrid and braced tube structures for tall buildings

K. Moon

Façade integrated structural damping systems for tall buildings

K. Moon

The borderline between architecture and structural engineering When structure and architecture are interdependent

M. Sanvitto

New orders, in search of a new point-block diagram for Hong Kong

O. Ottevaere

Structure as power: The case of the Matosinhos Market, Portugal, 1936–1953

J. Delgado & P. Pinto

Architectural vs. structural constraints in urban multi-hazard safety assessment

E. Georgescu, C. Gociman, I. Craifaleanu, T. Florescu, M. Georgescu & C. Moscu

Railway stations – the borderline between architecture and structure

E. Kido

The physical model in the structural studies of Robert Le Ricolais: “apparatus” or “hierogram”

M. Vrontissi

Holistic integration versus separation and fragmentation in architecture

D. Bijedic, R. Cahtarevic & S. Halilovic

Formal and structural multiplicity in early truss design

M. Rinke

New formal expectations. The dynamic alternative between the evident and the disturbing

F. Suárez

The history of the relationship between architects and structural engineers

A study on the conservation of operating historical bridges – recent experiences in Japan

H. Isohata

Technological changes and architecture: The case of APCER magazine, Portugal 1935–45

P. Pinto & J. Delgado

Claiming ground: The first structural engineering license in the United States

M. Uihlein

Structural documentation of the Palace of Congress in Brasília

J. Sánchez & E. da Silva

Collaboration between architects and structural engineers: A history of major successes and major failures

J. Rey Rey

Building modelling in historical perspective

R. Tarczewski

The tectonic of architectural solutions

Carlo Scarpa and the search for gravity

A. Schultz

Tectonic thinking on housing of modern architecture: Mies van der Rohe vs Alison and Peter Smithson

A. Rodrigues & P. Baía

Re-envisioning the Knot: The Neil Astle House

B. Wrightsman

From Seia to Guimarães. Fernando Távora’s tectonic shift in the Sacor fuel stations

E. Fernandes

Tectonics and landscape: The structure of ground and atmosphere

M. Laboy

Tectonic approaches in the design of concrete architecture in postwar Italy

L. Ingold & M. Rinke

Appropriate building physics in relation to the tectonic of architectural quality

C. Kristensen

Recovering a broader understanding of tectonics. The case for the architectural potentials of sheet metal

J. Holst & O. Jackson

Le Corbusier’s Maison Dom-ino and John Habraken’s supports: Differences and similarities

H. Ferreira, L. da Silva & V. Murtinho

Timber structures

Development of roofing grid structures with an orthogonal grid from glulam timber

D. Loktev, I. Inzhutov, P. Melnikov, S. Deordiev & V. Zhadanov

Mass timber high-rise design, cost and schedule research: Competitive advantages of wood over concrete

A. Jacobs, M. Timmers, J. Sundnes & A. Baker

Structural performance of multi-story Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) buildings

I. Lukacs & A. Björnfot

The conceptual design of hybrid structures – theoretical and experimental research of external prestressed timber beams

S. Miljanovi´c & M. Zlatar

Hybrid wood-based structural systems for multi-storey buildings

C. Loss, M. Piazza & R. Zandonini

Contrasting approaches to load-bearing timber structures

A. Gianoli & R. Furrer

Author index

About the Editor

Paulo J.S. Cruz is Full Professor of Construction and Technology at the School of Architecture of the University of Minho. He is President of IDEGUI - Design Institute of Guimarães and Director of Lab2PT - Landscape, Heritage and Territory Laboratory as well as Head of studies on Product Design. He was President of the School of Architecture of the University of Minho (2004-2011) and Head of the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Minho (2003 & 2004).

He graduated in Civil Engineering (1987) and received an MSc in Structural Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal (1991) and obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain (1995). Since 1987 he has conducted research in the domain of special structures. After his PhD he started in the field of “Steel and Composite Structures”, progressively devoting his research interests to the area of bridges, particularly concerning safety, inspection, assessment and monitoring.

Since his involvement with the School of Architecture, he has bridged the gap between architecture and structural engineering, promoting the efficient use of the traditional materials and their judicious combination; exploring innovative technological, constructional and structural solutions and establishing effective collaborations with the construction industry.

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TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General