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Sasaki, Mutsuro

Engineering Specialties:

Advanced structural engineering
Complex architectural formations
Computer algorithm based shape design of free-curved surfaces
Extended Evolutionary Structural Optimization
Intertwining frame and spatial structures


After previously working with Kimura Structural Engineers for ten years, Mutsuro Sasaki established Sasaki Structural Consultants (now Sasaki and Partners / SAP)  in 198O.  The Japanese engineer — who previously taught at Nagoya University — currently professes at Hosei University in Tokyo. [1]  Sasaki’s recent research detailed in his book ‘Flux Structure’  has primarily focused on pushing the envelope on an advanced structural design technique known as design or shape analysis.  This analysis employs a process that directly finds the optimum structure type and shape that satisfies the prescribed design parameters of the desired space.  [2] By utilizing methods of structural mechanics as an integrated design method, Sasaki and his colleagues have in essence created a backwards approach to the conventional sequential structural analysis.  Sasaki accredits Mies van der Rohe and Antonio Gaudi as the most influential frame and spatial architects, respectively, as he seeks to tactfully create structurally efficient buildings that embody and exemplify both types of architecture. [3] Recently, Sasaki has teamed with Japanese architects Toyo Ito and Arata Isozaki to help bring to life free-flowing forms of organic architecture such as their I Project, Sendai Mediatheque and the Tama Art University Library.  Sasaki and Ito have also collaborated to write GA Detail 2: Sendai Mediatheque on their ground-breaking, multifaceted building in Sendai, Japan.


[1] http://archive.metropolis.co.jp/tokyo/589/art.asp

[2] http://archrecord.construction.com/tech/techFeatures/0803feature-1.asp

[3] Flux Structure – Mutsuro Sasaki, TOTO Shuppan, 2005

Written by Aalok Bhattarai

February 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Posted in Engineers

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