Conceptual Structural Design
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.
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 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 :-)
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!
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.
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 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!