Conceptual Structural Design

  • The Trondheim HolzBau Pier (2014). Architects: John Haddal Mork and Anders Gunleiksrud. Photo: Sophie Labonnote-Weber.

     

     

  • Trondheim Gridshell (2015). Architects: John Haddal Mork and Steinar Hillersøy Dyvik. Photo: Sophie Labonnote-Weber.

     

     

  • Rjukan Torgstova (2013). Architect: Rallar Arkitekter. Photo: Per Berntsen.

     

     

The research field of Conceptual Structural Design explores the platform between structural engineering and architectural design. Conceptual structural design is about structural design aiming for more than solely carrying loads; it is about carrying loads in ways that, in addition to being structurally sound, appear meaningful, beautiful or otherwise interesting. Applied on work across the professions of architecture and structural engineering, the term conceptual structural design is about developing structures that unite structural functionality and visual form into a meaningful and interesting whole.

Functionality, form and visual expression are, in addition to traditional structural design, important factors when developing new constructions in a society under constant change. Among architects, engineers as well as the construction industry, there are huge potential for knowledge development and innovation related to conceptual structural design bridging the professions.  

S2M Conference

The Smart Sustainable Manufacturing (S2M) conference was the perfect opportunity to enjoy a bit of warmth in Lisbon, at the same time as meeting several world-known researchers in the field of...
Published October 2016

World-famous Pr. Gideon Levy talking in front of SINTEF's presentation :-) Credits: Nathalie LabonnoteThe Smart Sustainable Manufacturing (S2M) conference was the perfect opportunity to enjoy a bit of warmth in Lisbon, at the same time as meeting several world-known researchers in the field of additive manufacturing. Nathalie Labonnote participated in the workshop " Additive Manufacturing as key driver for future innovations ", together with people from Hong-Kong, France, Switzerland, Portugal and the Netherlands: a good update on many exciting projects, and slightly diverging definitions on what is smart and what is not :-)

Technology and Polymer days

The Norwegian Technology and Polymer days took place in Gjøvik the 20-21 of September. Nathalie Labonnote presented the opportunities for plastic 3D printing for the construction industry in...
Published September 2016

Many participants show up for hearing about opportunities for the polymer industry and the construction industry to work together through 3D printing.

The Norwegian Technology and Polymer days took place in Gjøvik the 20-21 of September. Nathalie Labonnote presented the opportunities for plastic 3D printing for the construction industry in front of 300 participants from the polymer industry. The presentation can be found here. Interest was substantial, and we hope to be able to further collaborate with plastic producers within the next future!

Tevas Knowledge Day

Nathalie Labonnote was an invited speaker to Tevas Knowledge Day the 15 of September in Bergen, Norway. Some 150 participants from the construction industry show up for hearing about the...
Published September 2016

The PrintShell example was well recieved by the audience!Nathalie Labonnote was an invited speaker to Tevas Knowledge Day the 15 of September in Bergen, Norway. Some 150 participants from the construction industry show up for hearing about the potential of additive manufacturing technologies in their everyday life.

Our review paper is published!

Our review paper entitled "Additive construction: State-of-the-art, challenges and opportunities" is published online, and covers about 100 references.  It can be downloaded here....
Published September 2016

Additive construction: State-of-the-art, challenges and opportunities

Our review paper entitled "Additive construction: State-of-the-art, challenges and opportunities" is published online, and covers about 100 references. It can be downloaded here. Or else contact Nathalie Labonnote for a personal copy. Enjoy reading!

Project proposal sent!

After some months of hard work, we sent in due time our project proposal related to the development of forest-based polymers for designing innovative building components. The proposal has been...
Published September 2016

Logo biobuildAfter some months of hard work, we sent in due time our project proposal related to the development of forest-based polymers for designing innovative building components. The proposal has been sent to the Norwegian Research Council of Norway, but we also collaborate with some prestigious international academic partners, among other ones UC Berkeley (USA), IAAC (Spain) and BOKU (Austria). Our Norwegian industry partners are Dynea, Hunton, Boregaard, and PLM technologies. We cross our fingers for the answer, expected in December!