IASS 2015 in Amsterdam interest group

The IASS 2015 conference (International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures) will be organized in Amsterdam in 2015.

It will be organized by Arno Pronk (TU Eindhoven), Andrew Borgart (TU Delft) and yours truly, who will be supported by a larger organizing committee from The Netherlands (if you are interested, let us know).

Please subscribe to the LinkedIn interest group if you are interested in being up-to-date with the latest developments, or join any discussions:

The theme of the conference is still under discussion, but I am sure that the topics of computation, geometry and the latest design developments will have a prominent place.



New study group: Active Bending

First of all, happy new year to you all!

We have some great news! The SMG has a new study group on Active Bending. For more information, please contact the study group leader: Christoph Gengnagel, gengnagel@udk-berlin.de or read more below.

On behalf of the SMG board,
Jeroen Coenders

Active Bending

Study group leader: Christoph Gengnagel, gengnagel@udk-berlin.de
co – leader : Julian Lienhard, j.lienhard@itke.uni-stuttgart.de

The study group ‘Active Bending’ aims at uniting structural engineering researchers and practitioners that share the approach of exploiting elastic bending as a means to generate curved geometries from initially straight or planar building elements. This newly formed Study group presents itself as a new subject within the Structural Morphology group, seeking to provide an active exchange platform for fellow researchers. The Study group will officially start at the IASS conference in Seoul 2012, the general aims of the group will be presented by the study group leaders together with a review of the current state of the art of active bending approaches in various application fields.

Shell building

Movie on what Andrew and some of his students have been up to at a workshop:


SMG 2011 more pictures

In the gallery below you can see more pictures of the Structural Morphology Seminar 2011 in London, UK during the weekend of September 17 and 18.

SMG session at IABSE-IASS symposium 2011 in London, UK

We just had our SMG session at the IABSE-IASS symposium 2011 in London, UK, chaired by Andrew Borgart and myself.

I would like to share the titles and presenters of the talks:

  • A framework for comparing form finding materials – Diederik Veenendaal (ETH Zurich)
  • All-glass shell scale models made with an adjustable mould – Arno Pronk (TU Eindhoven)
  • Computation & geometry in structural design & analysis: proposal for the Computation & Geometry WG15 study group – Roel van de Straat (Arup)
  • Curved Crease Folding – A Review on Art, Design and Mathematics – Duks Koshitz (MIT)
  • Research of the Study Group Transformable Structures – Niels de Temmerman (VU Brussels)
  • Practical advances in numerical form finding and cutting pattern generation for membrane structures – Falk Dieringer (TU Munich)
  • Generative Models Utilized for Superior Design Development – Jonathan Mirtschin (Geometry Gym Ltd)

Many people attended, thank you all!


Pictures of events


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Or send me an e-mail.

Kind regards,

Jeroen Coenders
SMG co-chair

SMG seminar 2011 pictures

In the image gallery below we have posted some images of the SMG seminar 2011 which at the time of posting is still taking place (we love Wifi) on September 17 and 18, 2011, in London, UK.