Christopher John Kenneth Williams

Artistic Professor at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods

Chris Williams’ research hinges on the relationship between geometry and structural action as applied to towers, bridges and fabric and shell structures, as well as the response of these flexible structures to wind. His work in the generation of structural form through biological and other analogies has led to collaboration on projects including the Frei Otto’s Multihalle gridshells in Mannheim, the British Museum Great Court Roof, the Savill Building, the Gardens by the Bay glasshouses and the Netherlands Maritime Museum.

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Showing 15 publications

2019

Unloaded prestressed shell formed from a closed surface unattached to any supports

Alexander Sehlström, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
Form and Force - IASS Symposium 2019 and Structural Membranes 2019, p. 167-174
Paper in proceedings
2019

The design , fabrication and assembly of an asymptotic timber gridshell

Emil Adiels, Cecilie Brandt-Olsen, Johanna Isaksson et al
Paper in proceedings
2018

Advances in Architectural Geometry 2018

Lars Hesselgren, Axel Kilian, Olga Sorkine Hornung et al
Proceedings (editor)
2018

Design, fabrication and assembly of a geodesic gridshell in a student workshop

Emil Adiels, Nicolo Bencini, Cecilie Brandt-Olsen et al
Conference contribution
2018

Form Finding Nodal Connections in Grid Structures

Francis Aish, Martha Tsigkari, Jens Olsson et al
Paper in proceedings
2018

The use of virtual work for the formfinding of fabric, shell and gridshell structures

Emil Adiels, Mats Ander, Erica Hörteborn et al
Proceedings of the Advances in Architectural Geometry conference 2018, p. 286-315
Paper in proceedings
2018

Conference Workshop 9: Textile architecture (in)formed by wind - Design processes and tools

Delia Dumitrescu, Benjamin Felbrich, Erica Hörteborn et al
Conference contribution
2017

The Equilibrium of Corrugated Plates and Shells

S. Malek, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
Nexus Network Journal. Vol. 19 (3), p. 619-627
Journal article
2017

Brick patterns on shells using geodesic coordinates

Emil Adiels, Mats Ander, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2017. IASS Annual Symposium 2017; Hamburg, Germany; 25 - 28 September 2017
Paper in proceedings
2017

From a weightless bent wire coat hanger to shell structures via the beltrami stress tensor

Samar Malek, Allan McRobie, Paul Shepherd et al
Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures. Vol. 58 (1), p. 39-50
Journal article
2017

Prestressed gridshell structures

Alexander Sehlström, Mats Ander, Christopher John Kenneth Williams et al
Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2017
Paper in proceedings
2017

Sculptural form finding with bending action

Jens Olsson, Christopher John Kenneth Williams, Mats Ander et al
International association for shell and spatial structures (IASS)
Paper in proceedings
2016

Graphic statics using discontinuous Airy stress functions

A. McRobie, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
International Journal of Space Structures. Vol. 31 (2-4), p. 121-134
Journal article
2015

The use of dynamic relaxation to solve the differential equation describing the shape of the tallest possible building

D Naicu, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
In: VII International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures
Paper in proceedings
2014

Shell Structures for Architecture: Form Finding and Optimization

Sigrid Adriaenssens, Philippe Block, Diederik Veenendaal et al
Book

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