Abstract - Julian Lienhard

Pushing the Boundaries of Textiles in Architecture

Lightweight structures as a typology for optimized and material-efficient architecture can nowadays only rarely be realized as a purely structure driven form. The digital manufacturing processes as well as technical and physical construction requirements in increasingly complex architectural contexts are too important to let solely structural aspects determine the design process. Today, the potential of lightweight structures unfolds itself through enormous developments in digital simulation and planning and fabrication methods, resulting in the integration of structural and functional requirements in the design process.

The keynote will discuss the potentials for modern lightweight structures through integral computational design approaches, which equally address - form, structure, material and fabrication.

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