On the Ecology of Climate & Structures

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The paper discusses various aspects of the interrelation between climate and structures as part of the biosphere’s ecosystem. Structural design is hereby understood as a subsystem of humanity, seen as a biological organism, and the climate, as part of the organism’s abiotic environment. Possibilities within recent advancements in digitalization and automation to adopt structural design to climatic loading conditions and to mitigate the effect of the manufacturing of structures on the climate are presented as core disciplines of the research group ‘Climate&Structures’ and are placed within the ecosystem’s interrelations. These disciplines are: observation and simulation of climatic loading phenomena (icing, snow- and wind loading), adaption of structures to these with parametric multi-objective and topology optimization, and realization of these structures with additive manufacturing with circular and recycled construction materials.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2019 – Structural Membranes 2019 Form and Force
Number of pages10
PublisherInternational Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS )
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventIASS Annual Symposium 2019 - Structural Membranes 2019: Form and Force - Crowne Plaza Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 7 Oct 201910 Oct 2019


ConferenceIASS Annual Symposium 2019 - Structural Membranes 2019
LocationCrowne Plaza Barcelona
Internet address


  • Ecological structures
  • Climate
  • Climatic loading
  • Wind load
  • Snow load
  • Icing
  • Parametric multiobjective optimization
  • Topology optimization
  • Constructional 3D-printing
  • Biologically based concrete composites


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