As the effects of climate change become ever more visible, sustainable structural design comes to increasing importance. This leads to multiple initiatives in practice and academia. At the current rate, the changes in sustainable structural design practice outpace the publication of research outcomes. In recognition of this, the Sustainable Structural Design webinar series provides a platform to share and discuss new developments in both practice and academia. By inviting leading scientists and professionals from a wide range of fields, the webinars aim for a holistic perspective on the current sustainability discourse. They include theory and challenges, yet mainly focus on solutions and recent innovations. Topics include circularity, sustainable materials, environmental assessment, energy, renovation and sustainable design approaches.
Friday 1st of July 2022 | 14:00 - 15:30 CEST
14:00 Towards Living Mycelium Materials
Elise Elsacker - Newcastle University
14:45 Structural Design for Change
Stijn Brancart - Delft University of Technology
Towards Living Mycelium Materials
Elise Elsacker is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment of Newcastle University. With her PhD dissertation 'Mycelium Matters' (2020) she was the first to characterise the principal factors that affect the biological and material properties of mycelium composites. In 2018 she co-founded Glimps.bio, a leading innovation agency in bio, creativity and collaboration, which focusses on creating value from waste by finding circular and bio-design solutions for biotech and waste companies.
Structural Design for Change
Stijn Brancart is Assistant Professor of Structural Design at the Department of Architectural Engineering + Technology of Delft University of Technology. He obtained his PhD in 2018 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel with a research thesis on rapidly assembled and demountable kit-of-parts structures. After that, he was involved in the 'Buildings as Material Banks' project and other projects related to circular building design and construction. At TU Delft, he develops research on circular structural design, including design for change and reuse of load-bearing components.
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