Auteurs : Denis Zastavni + Corentin Fivet + Christophe Lootvoet
Structural design is both a difficult science and a difficult art when attempts are made to practise it while incorporating all the necessary dimensions. The following constraints lead to an exploration of any new design approach in order to reduce the element of risk or uncertainty:
– dangers in contemporary structural practices (free architectural forms / computerised structural studies with the risk of poor structural performance)
– accidents (an area linked tostructural robustness)
– potential architectural ambitions if structural processes are controlled
– issue of sustainable development (well thought-out and efficient management of resources)
– (control of construction costs)
– innovation and possibilities for innovation
– extensive involvement of the S&T team in teaching.
Starting from the limits encountered in traditional approaches and making use of the experience gained from historical investigations and contact with some of the most creative contemporary engineers around, this research area combines critical analysis, theoretical tests, promotional publications and theoretical, methodological and practical explorations of structures.