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FORM FINDING FOR STRUCTURAL RESILIENCE
Depletion of natural resources, degradation of environment, and global climate changes have been caused by the complex interactions between the natural environmental and humanity. Resilient and sustainable design is essential to help address these challenges through fulfilling its purpose of commodity, firmness, and aesthetics. Many amazing architectural and infrastructural projects inspired by nature are efficient, economical, durable, adaptable, and aesthetically pleasing. This presentation is to explore the innovative sustainable and resilient structural systems, whose designs are derived from the natural flow of forces, which found in many natural phenomena. The forms of these structures can be defined by the methods of physical modeling and computational algorithms. Typical natural form-giving algorithms and form-finding methods for innovative structural systems are discussed in this presentation through three Kent State award winning projects i.e. BeTA Pavilion, TW-ICE and Hyperbolo-ICE, as well as reflections for future research in this field. Innovative sustainable and resilient structural systems ae resulted from the mutual understanding, excellent communication, and collaboration between architects and engineers.
Rui Liu, Ph.D., P.E., M. ASCE
Associate Professor of Architectural Structures, Kent State University Leading the structural resilience research group at the Kent State University, Dr. Liu has research interests in the areas of "green" construction materials, innovative structural design, forensic engineering, and intelligent infrastructure management. Dr. Liu chairs the Education Committee of ASCE Forensic Engineering Division. He serves ASCE 9th Forensic Engineering Congress (Denver, CO, Nov. 5-8, 2021) as the editor-in-chief for its conference proceedings and serves ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities as an associate editor. Designed and built by a student team from KSU led by Dr. Liu, “Hyperbolo-ICE” received the Honor Award in the Makers Category from AIA Cleveland in November 2020.