As part of the popular technical studies lecture series in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, we welcome Esther Rivas Adrover to talk about deployable structures.

This is an open lecture: all are welcome to attend.

Deployable structures can expand and/or contract due to their geometrical, material and mechanical properties. The process of expansion is known as deployment. Deployable structures offer great potential for creating truly transforming, dynamic experiences and environments. Their lightness and transportability allow them to adapt to a society that is constantly evolving and changing. Furthermore, these are reusable structures that make efficient use of energy, resources, materials and space, thus embracing key concepts of sustainability.

Today, not only engineers and architects, but origami scientists, biomimetic researchers, astrophysicists, mathematicians, biologists, artists and others are studying, designing and developing applications for an extraordinary range of deployable structures. These include mechanisms that have yet to be tested in architectural applications and are relatively unknown outside their scientific field.

Esther Rivas Adrover has experience as an architectural practitioner and educator. After teaching Advanced Descriptive Geometry to architecture students in Spain she studied architecture at Oxford Brookes University where she later taught at degree and postgraduate level. Her interest in complex geometries led her to work for practices including Zaha Hadid Architects, where she worked on various projects in the UK and around the world. Her drawings have also been exhibited several times at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She has recently published a book with the title ‘Deployable Structures’ commissioned by Laurence King Publishing, and she is currently undertaking research on the subject at the University of Cambridge.

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