How can we combat the problem of growth? According to Adriaan Beukers, the answer lies in an extreme dematerialisation and miniaturisation of goods, means, and if at all possible even ourselves. As Professor of Composite Materials and Structures in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology, Beukers is concerned with lightness in its most physical aspect. In his work, he looks at long-term scientific developments in (ultra-) lightweight structures and materials, and attempts to translate these into short-term commercial product ideas. In his many-sided treatment of the theme in the book Lightness, Beukers collected an enormous and eclectic range of design inspiration, from Japanese Zen archers to Kazakh yurts, from biomimicry to the synergy of multiple materials. At Doors 6, he explored minimum material structures which offer the Buckminster Fulleresque potential of Minimum Materials, Maximum Performance, Maximum Satisfaction.
Lightness: The Inevitable Renaissance of Minimum Energy Structures
By Adriaan Beukers and Ed van Hinte
O10 Publishers, Rotterdam, 1998
Minimum Materials, Maximum Performance, Maximum Satisfaction
Transcript of Adriaan Beukers' presentation at Doors 6, November 2000.