|About the Lecture :
schlaich bergermann and partners have been working in the field of light-weight and long-span structures for decades and in India the office has been active ever since the Second Hooghly Bridge in Kolkata, now called Vidyasagar Setu. Recent structures in India are the roof of the JNS-Stadium in New Delhi and the Yamuna Bridge in the same city which is presently under construction. The lecture elaborates on the history of the office which dates back to the Olympic Stadium roof in Munich in 1972. It also highlights several aspects of the work of Jörg Schlaich and Rudolf Bergermann and the office by tracing it back to the idea of the “hommage” and highlighting principles which guide the design of numerous structures ranging from 400m long roofs for railway stations in China to the 150m high “needle” of the Freedom Tower in New York. The goal is always to achieve holistic building quality be it in collaboration with architects, contractors for long-span stadium roofs world-wide or large sculptures with artists.
About the speaker:
Dr. Mike Schlaich is Professor for Structural Engineering chairing the Department of Conceptual and Structural Design at Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). He is also the Managing Director of schlaich bergermann und partner, Consulting Structural Engineers, Germany.
He studied civil engineering at the University of Stuttgart and ETH Zurich, and received PhD in civil engineering from ETH Zurich in 1989.
Mike Schlaich worked in Spain as a structural engineer before joining in the firm of schlaich bergermann and partner in Stuttgart which specializes in lightweight and long-span structures. He became Managing Director of the firm in 2002, which has been also active in the field of renewable energies for more than 20 years.
His research at TU Berlin concentrates upon active and movable lightweight structures that can adapt to changing boundary conditions. An “intelligent” bridge with damping by artificial muscles or experimental structures that fold away when not needed was built at the TU Berlin lab. This easily enables schlaich bergermann und partner to include any type of experimental work (such as material testing, structural testing, wind-tunnel tests) in the company´s project studies.