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Sigrid Adriaenssens and Axel Kilian will give an informal talk on "form finding" in the context of architectural shell structures at a book launch and reception May 30 at 4 p.m. in Princeton, N.J. 
The reception, which is free and open to the public, will feature models of shell structures made by Princeton students and will be held in the outdoor courtyard of the Engineering Quadrangle on the Princeton University campus. 
The reception is in honor of the U.S. publication of Shell Structures for Architecture: Form Finding and Optimization (Routledge). Sigrid Adriaenssens, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Form-Finding Lab at Princeton, is one of the book's editors. Axel Kilian, an assistant professor ofarchitecture at Princeton, is an author of one of the book's essays. The book includes a foreword by Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban.
The Engineering Quadrangle Courtyard is one of Princeton's best-kept secrets. It is home to several important pieces of sculpture, including "Spheric Theme" by Naum Gabo. To access the courtyard, visitors are advised to follow signs for the reception upon entering the Engineering Quadrangle (aka the "EQuad") from either of the building's two main entrances on Olden Street. Map here.
In the event of rain, the event will move to the EQuad Cafe.
Photos of the Book Launch Party featured on Princeton's Engineering Facebook site: