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Exploring shell forms

John Ochsendorf

John Ochsendorf is a structural engineer and the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the MIT, where he directs the Structural Design Lab and the Masonry Research Group. He is a founding partner of Ochsendorf, DeJong & Block LLC. He is the author of the 2010 book Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile. He won the Rome Prize and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2008. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Philippe Block

Philippe Block is a structural engineer and architect and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where he directs the BLOCK Research Group. He studied at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium and MIT, USA, where he earned his PhD in 2009. He is a founding partner of Ochsendorf, DeJong & Block LLC, where he consults on the stability of historic masonry structures and develops new, unreinforced stone and brick structures. He has received the Hangai Prize (2007) and Tsuboi Award (2010) from the International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) as well as the Edoardo Benvenuto Prize (2012). He developed thrust network analysis for the analysis of historic vaulted masonry and design of new funicular shells. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shell Structures for Architecture : Form Finding and Optimization

Routledge, 2014

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... Exploring shell forms John Ochsendorf and Philippe Block Shell structures will always have a role for architecture shells made from unreinforced earthen bricks, demon- and engineering. More so than any other structural strate...

Structural Intelligence in Flexible Materials

Edward Allen

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Edward Allen is an architect, educator and author. Over the past 30 years he has lectured at many schools of architecture in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has been a faculty member at Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of several bestselling texts on architectural technology, including: Architectural Detailing, The Architect’s Studio Companion, Form and Forces: Designing Efficient, Expressive Structures and Fundamentals of Building Construction. He is the recipient of the 2005 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, awarded by the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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John Ochsendorf

John Ochsendorf is a structural engineer and the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the MIT, where he directs the Structural Design Lab and the Masonry Research Group. He is a founding partner of Ochsendorf, DeJong & Block LLC. He is the author of the 2010 book Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile. He won the Rome Prize and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2008. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mark West

Mark West is an artist, builder, professor of architecture, and inventor of numerous flexible mould techniques for concrete construction. He was the founding Director of the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST) at the University of Manitoba, and is currently a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as teaching at other schools of architecture and engineering internationally. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Fabric Formwork Book : Methods for Building New Architectural and Structural Forms in Concrete

Routledge, 2017

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... STRUCTURAL INTELLIGENCE IN FLEXIBLE MATERIALS Edward Allen, John Ochsendorf, and Mark West The term funicular, as it is used here, means “tension-only”  or “compression-only” for a given loading. This is typically...