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Designing Lightness

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'Designing Lightness; structures for saving energy' is the title of a new book on the design of lightweight and composite structures. This is urgent, since it serves to save materials and energy, and therefore precedes the conventional approach to sustainability, which focuses on symptoms rather than causes of environmental overload. The book aims to be clear to all designing disciplines and create an understanding between them. 'Designing Lightness' is a solid update of its predecessors 'Lightness' and 'Flying Lightness'. You can leaf through these on the info/contact page.

Book description
360 pages full colour images text ratio: 50/50
hardcover 170 x 240 mm

DESIGNING LIGHTNESS IS HERE, thanks to CompositesNL, Firma Woord en Daad and Nai010Publishers!
The book is intended to be presented at the international composites fair JEC on May 13th 2020.

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Nai010 Publishers

Additional Activities

We are seeking to build a network.

Looking for fans, supporters & experts
To organize events around the publication we are looking for professionals with different backgrounds who are enthusiastically engaged in the development and promotion of of lightweight solutions. If you want to share your involvement with others, 'Designing Lightness' can be a very good introduction or a first step.

Target Groups

  • Material researchers
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Vehicle designers
  • Packaging designers
  • Product designers
  • Policy makers




Adriaan Beukers

His inspirational and organizational quality has earned Adriaan Beukers, Professor Emeritus in Composite Materials and Structures at The TU Delft,  various awards. Publishing Lightness; the inevitable renaissance of minimum energy structures was one of them. He is distinguishes himself through his ability to perceive broad temporal and cultural relationships concerning pragmatic technological problem solving.


Ed van Hinte

Trained as an industrial designer Ed van Hinte is mainly interested in exploring ways to reduce material flows and energy consumption, while still maintaining the convenience, magic and style that humans desire. He has a good international reputation as a critical advocate of sustainability. He covers all aspects of design, technical, ephemeral, large and small.  He has been awarded for his writings several times.


Graphic design
Studio Renate Boere

Visual communication is a discipline in which Renate Boere is well versed. She designed many art books and publications about design and education. With her studio assistants she develops solutions because for which she recently got two international awards. Together with Ed van Hinte she initiated DRS22 in The Hague, a design research facility focusing on communication and lightweight structures.


Caroline Baillie, Professor of Praxis in Engineering and Social Justice 
Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering 
University of San Diego

Prof. Dr. Ir. Conny Bakker, TU Delft Industrial Design and Engineering, Design for Sustainability, Delft, Netherlands

Guus Beumer, Het Nieuwe Instituut; platform for creative industry, Director, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Casper Boks, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Head Dept. Product Design, Trondheim, Norway

Judith van den Boom, ArteZ University of the Arts, Head Product design, Arnhem, Netherlands

Prof. Thomas Gries, RWTH Aachen University, Leitung Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA), Aachen, Germany

Maxim de Jong, Thin-Red-Line, CEO, Highest Performance flexible deployable architecture, Chilliwack, Canada

Jeroen Kramer, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Head Design Lab, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Prof. Jan Willem van de Kuilen, Technische Universität München, Timber Structures & Wood Technology, München, Deutschland

Prof. Leonardo Lecce, University of Napoli, "Frederico II Department of Industrial Engineering (Aerospace Div.), Napoli, Italy

Prof. Zu Lei, Wuhan and Harbin University of Technology, Department of Composite Materials, Wuhan, China

Prof Marie O' Mahony, Visiting Professor RCA, London, UK, Digital Futures, Toronto, Canada

MA RCA Drummond H. Masterton, Falmouth University, Head Sustainable Product Design, Falmouth, UK

Dr. Michele Meo, University of Bath, Smart Materials and Structures, Bath, UK

Eva Milella, IMAST, Rome University 'La Sapienza, President ADITE, High Tech District on Engineering of Polymeric and Composite Materials, Napoli, Italy

Janak Mistry, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Product Design, Bangalore, India

Prof. Wim van Paepegem, Ghent University, Mechanics of Material and Structures, Ghent, Belgium

Marc Partouche, Director Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD), Paris, France

Prof. Kim Pickering, University of Waikato, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Hamilton, New Zealand

Prof. Ralf Schledjewski, Montanuniversität Leoben, Chair processing of Composites, Leoben, Austria

Prof. Kazuto Tanaka, Doshisha University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Kyoto, Japan

Prof. Michel Van Tooren, University of South Carolina, SmartState™ Chair for Multifunctional Materials and Structures, Columbia, USA

Prof. Maria Voyatzaki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Architecture, Thessaloniki, Greece

Prof. Jyrki Vuorinen, Tampere University of Technology, Dean Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Tampere, Finland