Vrije universiteit Brussel

Main role in S(P)EEDKITS

The Department ARCH of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will assure that the criteria, set up by the different experts for the design of the shelter kits are taken into account in the different steps of the design process, especially with respect to the form finding and the structural analysis of the shelter kits
Further ‘flexibility’ and ‘adaptability will be implemented in the shelter kits, and optimisation with respect to light weight and rapidly deployable solutions will be performed. The VUB is also involved in the analysis and verification with prototyping. (WP2)

Brief description of the organization

Since its separation from the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1970, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has grown to become a medium-sized Dutch speaking university, with over 9000 students and some 2450 members of staff (including 600 faculty teaching staff and 800 research workers), occupying a major position in Brussels, in Flanders and beyond.
The Department of Architectural Engineering (ARCH) of the VUB plays a leading role in the design, analysis and research of Tensile Membrane Structures, has expertise in the field of adaptive membrane structures, disaster relief shelters and environmental aspects of membrane envelopes.

Read more about Vrije Universiteit Brussel on the website: www.vub.ac.be