Synapse Lecture: Simon Schleicher

November 17, 2016, 6:30 pm

Free and open to the public.

Simon Schleicher is an architectural designer, researcher, and educator from Germany. He is currently an assistant professor of architecture in the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.

In his research on bio-inspired compliant mechanisms, Schleicher aims to transfer bending and folding mechanisms found in plant movements to elastic systems in architecture. His work has won various awards including the International Bionic-Award 2012, the DETAIL prize 2011, and the Ralph Adam Cram Award 2010. As project manager for the first ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion in 2010 he was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

Schleicher holds a doctoral degree from the University of Stuttgart and worked for the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE).

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The Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science. This initiative at The University of Akron probes the ideas, images, and mutual interests connecting art and science professionals and disciplines. The Synapse series is funded through the generous support of the Knight Foundation.

Images by Simon Schleicher from Berkeley Circus 2016:

Riccardo La Magna and I show our latest plywood installations at the Berkeley Circus 2016.

With our research on bending-active structures, we investigate curved beams and surfaces shaped not by plastically deforming initially planar elements, as is done in traditional manufacturing, but by elastic deformation. In the resulting lightweight structures, bending is not avoided but instrumentalized to create complex curved geometries on the basis of standard, semi-finished building products.—Simon Schleicher

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