This research focuses on the analysis of historic thin-shell concrete roofs and their designers (e.g., Jack Christiansen, Felix Candela, Pier Luigi Nervi, and Heinz Isler). Studying built works and the individuals that designed those works provides insight into how structures are influenced by material, construction, the environment, society, etc. Ultimately, this research is intended to lead to investigations related to new structures. For example, our work in this area is informing our research of mushroom biomaterial structures.


Publications

(for conference publications, underline indicates the presenter, † indicates the paper was not presented orally, and * indicates the paper was displayed as a poster)

Segal, E. M. (2018). “Eminent Structural Engineer: John V. ‘Jack’ Christiansen (1927-2017).” Structural Engineering International, 28(1), 90-92, doi: 10.1080/10168664.2018.1431442.

Segal, E. M. and Adriaenssens, S. (2013). “Norfolk Scope Arena: A US Dome with a Unique Configuration of Interior Ribs and Buttresses.” Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, 54(2 and 3), 189-198. [previously published as a conference publication, republished with minor edits with permission from the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures]

Segal, E. M. and Adriaenssens, S. (2013). “Norfolk Scope Arena: A US Dome with a Unique Configuration of Interior Ribs and Buttresses.” International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium, Wroclaw, Poland.

Segal, E. M. and Billington, D. P. (2011). “Concrete Shell Roofs.” Fifty Years of Progress for Shell and Spatial Structures: In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary Jubilee of the IASS (1959-2009), I. Mungan and J. F. Abel, eds., International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, Madrid, Spain, 151-164.

Billington, D. P. and Segal, E. M. (2011). “The Decade 1960-1969: The First Ten Years of the IASS.” Fifty Years of Progress for Shell and Spatial Structures: In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary Jubilee of the IASS (1959-2009), I. Mungan and J. F. Abel, eds., International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, Madrid, Spain, 13-32.

Segal, E. M. (2009). “The Thin Concrete Shells of Jack Christiansen.” International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium, Valencia, Spain.

Segal, E. M., Garlock, M. E., and Billington, D. P. (2008). “Bacardí Rum Factory.” Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, and Structural Artist, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, 154-167.

Segal, E. M., Garlock, M. E., and Billington, D. P. (2008). “A Comparative Analysis of the Bacardí Rum Factory and the Lambert-St. Louis Airport Terminal.” International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium, Acapulco, Mexico.

Segal, E. M. (2008). “The Thin Concrete Shells of Jack Christiansen.” M.S.E. thesis, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.


Exhibition Model

Bacardí Rum Factory model (2008), Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist, exhibited at Princeton University Art Museum (Oct. 11, 2008 – Feb. 22, 2009), MIT Museum (Apr. 2, 2009 – Sept. 27, 2009), Carnegie Museum of Art (Sept. 24, 2010 – Jan. 17, 2010), Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/legacy-projects/Candela/plaster_models.html.