2021

López López D., Roca P., Liew A., Van Mele T. and Block P.A method for the structural analysis and design of arched reinforced masonry structures,Proceedings of the SAHC Symposium 2020 (postponed to 2021),Barcelona,2021.abstract accepted.
Mehrotra A., Liew A., Block P. and DeJong. M.J.An integrated modelling approach that combines elastic amplification and rocking analysis for seismic assessment of a masonry tower,Proceedings of the SAHC Symposium 2020 (postponed to 2021),Barcelona,2021.abstract accepted.
Iannuzzo A., Dell’Endice A., Maia Avelino R., Kao G., Van Mele T. and Block P.COMPAS Masonry: A computational framework for practical assessment of unreinforced masonry structures,Proceedings of the SAHC Symposium 2020 (postponed to 2021),Barcelona,2021.
Iannuzzo A., Van Mele T. and Block P.COMPAS_PRD: Exploring mechanisms and corresponding internal stress states induced by settlements,Proceedings of the SAHC Symposium 2020 (postponed to 2021),Barcelona,2021.abstract submitted for review.
Aldinger L., Calvo Barentin C., Lamb S., Fenton S., Van Mele T. and Block P.Design and fabrication of bending-active formwork for a corrugated vaulted floor system for emerging contexts,Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2020 ,2021.abstract accepted. (conference postponed to 2021).
Dell'Endice A., Iannuzzo A., Van Mele T. and Block P.Influence of settlements and geometrical imperfections on the internal stress state of masonry structures,Proceedings of the SAHC Symposium 2020 (postponed to 2021),Barcelona,2021.
Oval R., Mesnil R., Van Mele T., Block P. and Baverel O.L-system-encoded topology finding of patterns,Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2020-21,Surrey,2021.submitted for review.
Maia Avelino R., Iannuzzo A., Van Mele T. and Block P.New strategies to assess the safety of unreinforced masonry structures using Thrust Network Analysis,Proceedings of the SAHC Symposium 2020 (postponed to 2021),Barcelona,2021.abstract accepted .
Oval R., Mesnil R., Van Mele T., Block P. and Baverel O.Topology finding of patterns based on a string-encoded grammar,Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2020,Surrey,2021.abstract accepted (conference postponed to 2021).

2020

Popescu M., Rippmann M., Van Mele T. and Block P.KnitCandela - Challenging the construction, logistics, waste and economy of concrete-shell formworks,FABRICATE 2020,Burry, J., Sabin, J., Sheil, B. and Skavara, M. (editors),: 194-201,UCLLondon,2020 (April).
Bhooshan S., Van Mele T. and Block P.Morph & Slerp: Shape design for 3D printing of concrete,ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication (SCF) 2020,Cambridge,2020.accepted for publication.
Lee M., Mata-Falcón J., Popescu M., Block P. and Kaufmann W.Potential approaches for reinforcing complex concrete structures with integrated flexible formwork,Digital Concrete 2020 - Second RILEM International Conference on Concrete and Digital Fabrication,F.P. Bos, S.S. Lucas, R.J.M. Wolfs and T.A.M. Salet (editors),Springer International Publishing2020.
Calvo Barentin C., Zornatzis I., Landrou G., Demoulin T., Habert G. and Block P.When low strength materials meet funicular structures: A sustainable floor structure solution for emerging contexts,BEYOND 2020,Gothenburg,2020.

2019

Jipa A., Calvo Barentin C., Lydon G., Rippmann M., Chousou G., Lomaglio M., Schlüter A., Block P. and Dillenburger B.3D-Printed Formwork for Integrated Funicular Concrete Slabs,Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2019,Barcelona,2019.
Wang X., Kam K.-M. M., Földesi D., Lee H, Seo J., Vasileiou A., Luo Y., So C., Zhang X., Karsan Z., Kao G., Zhang L., Chai H., Yuan P. F. and Block P.High-performance corrugated concrete shell construction on bending-actuated robotically 3D-printed formwork,Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2019,Barcelona,2019.
Rombouts J., Lombaert G., De Laet L., Liew A., Block P. and Schevenels M.Optimization of gridshells as formwork systems for concrete shells,World Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization,Beijing,2019.
Oval R., Mesnil R., Van Mele T., Block P. and Baverel O.Rule-based topology finding of patterns towards multi-objective structural design,Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2019,Barcelona,2019.
Wang X., Tam K.-M. M., Beaudouin-MacKay A., Hoyle B., Mason M., Guo Z., Gao W., Li C., Zhu W., Karsan Z., Kao G., Zhang L., Chai H., Yuan P. F. and Block P.Tile-vault construction on bending-actuated robotically 3D-printed formwork,Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2019,Barcelona,2019.

2018

De Temmerman N., Malecek R., Tachi T., Gengnagel C., Lienhard J., Block P., Fivet C. and Chilton J.Current focus and future challenges of the Structural Morphology Group,Proceedings of the 2018 IASS Symposium,Boston,2018.
Enrique L., Tanadini D., Block P. and Schwartz J.Design-oriented approach to teach structures in architecture based on graphic statics,Proceedings of the 2018 IASS Symposium,Boston,2018 (July).
Bhooshan S., Van Mele T. and Block P.Equilibrium-aware shape design for concrete printing,Humanizing Digital Reality - Proceedings of the Design Modelling Symposium 2017,K. De Rycke et al. (editors),: 493-508,SpringerParis,2018 (September).
Méndez Echenagucia T., Pigram D., Liew A., Van Mele T. and Block P.Full-scale prototype of a cable-net and fabric formed concrete thin-shell roof ,Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018,Boston,2018 (July).
Bhooshan S., Ladinig J., Van Mele T. and Block P.Function representation for robotic 3D printed concrete,ROBARCH 2018 - Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2018,: 98-109,SpringerZurich,2018 (September).
Oval R., Rippmann M., Mesnil R., Van Mele T., Baverel O. and Block P.Topology Finding of Structural Patterns,Proceedings of Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) 2018,L. Hesselgren et al. (editors),: 342-363,Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering / Klein Publishing GmbHGothenburg / Vienna,2018.

2017

Lee J., Van Mele T. and Block P.Area-controlled construction of global force polyhedra,Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2017,Hamburg,2017 (September).
Popescu M., Rippmann M., Van Mele T. and Block P.Automated generation of knit patterns for non-developable surfaces,Humanizing Digital Reality - Proceedings of the Design Modelling Symposium 2017,K. De Rycke et al. (editors),: 271-284,SpringerParis,2017 (September).
Rossi M., Calvo Barentin C., Van Mele T. and Block P.Collapse analysis of unreinforced masonry vaults using 3D-printed scale-model testing,Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on progresses made in Experimental Structural Engineering (7AESE),Alberto Pavese, Marco Furinghetti, Davide Bolognini (editors),: 355-373,EUCENTRE PoundationPavia, Italy,2017 (September).
Heisel F., Schlesier K., Lee J., Rippmann M., Saeidi N., Javadian A., Hebel D.E. and Block P.Design of a load-bearing mycelium structure through informed structural engineering,Proceeding of the World Congress on Sustainable Technologies (WCST),2017 (December).
Oval R., Rippmann M., Van Mele T., Baverel O. and Block P.Patterns for Masonry Vault Design,Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2017,Hamburg,2017 (September).
Block P., Rippmann M., Van Mele T. and Escobedo D.The Armadillo Vault: Balancing computation and traditional craft,FABRICATE 2017,A. Menges, B. Sheil, R. Glynn and M. Skavara (editors),: 286-293,UCL PressLondon,2017 (April).

2016

Popescu M., Rippmann M., Van Mele T. and Block P.Complex concrete casting: knitting stay-in-place fabric formwork,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2016,Tokyo, Japan,2016.
Calvo Barentin C., Rippmann M., Van Mele T. and Block P.Computer-controlled fabrication of a freeform stone vault,Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2016,K. Kawaguchi, M. Ohsaki, T. Takeuchi (editors),Tokyo, Japan,2016 (September).
Frick U., Van Mele T. and Block P.Data management and modelling of complex interfaces in imperfect discrete-element assemblies,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2016,Tokyo, Japan,2016 (September).
López López D., Van Mele T. and Block P.Dieste, González Zuleta and Sánchez del Río: Three approaches to reinforced-brick shell structures,Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions,K. Van Balen and E. Verstrynge (editors),: 571-578,CRC PressLeuven, Belgium,2016 (September).
Van Mele T., Mehrotra A., Mendez Echenagucia T., Frick U., Augustynowicz E., Ochsendorf J., DeJong M. and Block P.Form finding and structural analysis of a freeform stone vault,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2016,K. Kawaguchi, M. Ohsaki, T. Takeuchi (editors),Tokyo, Japan,2016 (September).
Lee J., Van Mele T. and Block P.Form-finding explorations through geometric manipulations of force polyhedrons,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2016,Tokyo, Japan,2016 (September).
Méndez Echenagucia T., Roozen B. and Block P.Minimization of sound radiation in doubly curved shell structures by means of stiffness,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2016,Tokyo, Japan,2016 (September).
Wachter M., Liew A., Van Mele T. and Block P.Non-prismatic bending/torsion beam elements for form finding by dynamic relaxation,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2016,Tokyo, Japan,2016 (September).
Rippmann M., Van Mele T., Popescu M., Augustynowicz E., Méndez Echenagucia T., Calvo Barentin C., Frick U. and Block P.The Armadillo Vault: Computational design and digital fabrication of a freeform stone shell,Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016,: 344-363,2016 (September).

2015

Akbarzadeh M., Van Mele T. and Block P.3D Graphic Statics: Geometric Construction of Global Equilibrium,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium,Amsterdam,2015 (August).
Méndez Echenagucia T. and Block P.Acoustic optimization of funicular shells,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2015,Amsterdam,2015 (August).
Frick U., Van Mele T. and Block P.Decomposing three-dimensional shapes into self-supporting discrete element assemblies,Proceedings of the Design Modelling Symposium 2015,Ramsgaard Thomsen, M., Tamke, M., Gengnagel, C., Faircloth, B. and Scheurer, F. (editors),: 187-201,Springer International PublishingCopenhagen,2015.
Veenendaal D. and Block P.Design process of prestressed membrane formworks for thin-shell structures,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium,Amsterdam,2015 (August).
Miki M., Igarashi T. and Block P.Direct application of Airy stress functions to NURBS patches for computing compression shells,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2015,Amsterdam,2015 (August).
Bhooshan S., Van Mele T. and Block P.Discrete funicular structures with curve-crease-folded moulds,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2015,Amsterdam,2015 (August).
Enrique L., Block P. and Schwartz J.Form-finding method for prestress-dominant surface structures using graphic statics,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2015,Amsterdam,2015 (August).
Kurilla L and Block P.Interactive FE-based form exploration and evaluation for architects,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2015,Amsterdam,2015 (August).
Akbarzadeh M., Van Mele T. and Block P.Spatial compression-only form finding through subdivision of external force polyhedron,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium,Amsterdam,2015 (August).
Veenendaal D., Bakker J. and Block P.Structural design of the cable-net and fabric formed, ferrocement sandwich shell roof of NEST HiLo,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium,Amsterdam,2015 (August).

2014

Akbarzadeh M., Van Mele T. and Block P.Compression-only form finding through finite subdivision of the external force polygon,Proceedings of the IASS-SLTE 2014 Symposium,Brasilia, Brazil,2014.
Veenendaal D., Bezbradica M., Novak D. and Block P.Controlling the geometry and forces of hybrid cable-net and fabric formworks,Proceedings of the IASS-SLTE 2014 Symposium,Brasilia, Brazil,2014.
López López D., Veenendaal D., Akbarzadeh M. and Block P.Prototype of an ultra-thin, concrete vaulted floor system,Proceedings of the IASS-SLTE 2014 Symposium,Brasilia, Brazil,2014.
Block P., Bayl-Smith M., Schork T., Bellamy J. and Pigram D.Ribbed tile vaulting - Innovation through two design-build workshops,FABRICATE 2014,Gramazio, F., Kohler, M. and Langenberg, S. (editors),: 22-29,Zurich,2014 (February).
López López D., Domènech Rodríguez M., Brazo Ramí­rez J. and Block P.Thin-tile vault for the seventh World Urban Forum in Medellin ,Proceedings of the IASS-SLTE 2014 Symposium,Brasilia, Brazil,2014.

2013

De Laet L., Veenendaal D., Van Mele T., Mollaert M. and Block P.Bending incorporated: designing tension structures by integrating bending-active elements,Proceedings of Tensinet Symposium 2013,Istanbul, Turkey,2013 (May).
Akbarzadeh M., Van Mele T. and Block P.Equilibrium of spatial networks using 3D reciprocal diagrams,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2013,Obrębski, J.B. and Tarczewski, R. (editors),Wroclaw, Poland,2013 (September).
Rippmann M. and Block P.Funicular Funnel Shells,Proceedings of the Design Modeling Symposium Berlin 2013,Gengnagel, C., Kilian, A., Nembrini, J. and Scheurer, F. (editors),: 75-89,Berlin, Germany,2013 (October).
Rippmann M. and Block P.Funicular Shell Design Exploration,Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the ACADIA,Waterloo/Buffalo/Nottingham, Canada,2013 (September).
Rippmann M., Curry J., Escobedo D. and Block P.Optimising Stone-Cutting Strategies for Freeform Masonry Vaults,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2013,Obrębski, J.B. and Tarczewski, R. (editors),Wroclaw, Poland,2013 (September).
Bayl-Smith M., Block P. and Pigram D.Pass me the mixing bucket: The Ribbed Catalan studio as a design/research case study,7th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia,MADA, Melbourne,2013.

2012

Lachauer L. and Block P.Compression Support Structures for Slabs,Proceedings of Advances in Architectural Geometry,Hesselgren, L., Sharma, S., Wallner, J., Baldassini, N., Bompas, P. and Raynaud, J. (editors),: 135-146,Springer ViennaParis, France,2012 (September).
Veenendaal D. and Block P.Computational form finding for fabric formworks: an overview and discussion,Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on flexible formwork,Ohr, J. et al. (editors),: 368-378,Bath, UK,2012 (June).
Torsing R., Bakker J., Jansma R. and Veenendaal D.Large-scale designs for mixed fabric and cable-net formed structures,Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on flexible formwork,Ohr, J. et al. (editors),Bath, UK,2012 (6).
Van Mele T., McInerney J., DeJong M. and Block P.Physical and Computational Discrete Modeling of Masonry Vault Collapse,Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions,Wroclaw, Poland,2012 (October).
Block P. and Lachauer L.Three-dimensional Equilibrium Analysis of Gothic Masonry Vaults,Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions,Wroclaw, Poland,2012 (10).

2011

Veenendaal D. and Block P.A Framework for Comparing Form Finding Methods,Proceedings of the IABSE-IASS Symposium 2011,London, UK,2011 (9).
Block P. and Lachauer L.Closest-Fit, Compression-Only Solutions for Free Form Shells,Proceedings of the IABSE-IASS Symposium 2011,London, UK,2011 (September).
Rippmann M. and Block P.Digital Stereotomy: Voussoir geometry for freeform masonry-like vaults informed by structural and fabrication constraints,Proceedings of the IABSE-IASS Symposium 2011,London, UK,2011 (9).
Davis L., Rippmann M., Pawlofsky T. and Block P.Efficient and Expressive Thin-tile Vaulting using Cardboard Formwork,Proceedings of the IABSE-IASS Symposium 2011,London, UK,2011 (September).
Van Mele T., Lachauer L., Rippmann M. and Block P.Geometry-based Understanding of Structures,Proceedings of Structural Geometry Group International Seminar 2011,Borgart, A., Coenders, J. and Maurin, B. (editors),London, UK,2011 (9).
Rippmann M. and Block P.New Design and Fabrication Methods for Freeform Stone Vaults Based on Ruled Surfaces,Computational Design Modeling - Proceedings of Design Modeling Symposium Berlin 2011,Gengnagel, C., Kilian, A., Palz, N and Scheurer, F. (editors),: 181-189,Springer Berlin HeidelbergSpringer, Berlin,2011 (October).

2010

Van Mele T. and Block P.A Novel Form Finding Method for Fabric Formwork for Concrete Shells,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium 2010,Shanghai, China,2010 (November).
Lachauer L., Rippmann M. and Block P.Form Finding to Fabrication: A digital design process for masonry vaults,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium 2010,Shanghai, China,2010 (11).
Block P., Lachauer L. and Rippmann M.Validating Thrust Network Analysis using 3D-printed, structural models,Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium 2010,Shanghai, China,2010 (11).
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