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Dear customers, partners and colleagues,


We were already able to wish many of you a happy, healthy and successful new year 2016 at our symposium in Paris. We are now wishing the same to the rest of you. Perhaps a little late but still all the more cordial. And what difference do a few weeks delay make in view of the journey through time on which we are taking you in our first Newsletter of 2016: the future, the present and the past – we have included something from each time period!

Have fun reading our Newsletter.

Best regards from your LEICHT Team





Thoughts on the future::

LEICHT & Transsolar Symposium „Reactive Design“ in Paris



At the start of the year, LEICHT France and Transsolar extended invitations to their first joint symposium in the monumental Espace Fondation EDF.  Up until February 28th the former transformer station in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter of Paris is accommodating the art exhibition "Climats artificiels" (artificial climates), which concerns the subject of climate change and to which LEICHT and Transsolar also contributed with the realization of their indoor cloud exhibition "Cloudscapes".


In this inspiring setting, around 150 customers, partners and friends of the inviting offices gathered on January 11th 2016 to exchange ideas about "Reactive Design" and to establish new contacts in a lively atmosphere. Following a welcome drink and a tour through the exhibition, top-class planners and architects from the LEICHT and Transsolar environments reported on fascinating projects and the reactivation of undeveloped urban spaces.


After keynote addresses by Dr. Lutz Schöne (LEICHT France) and Matthias Schuler (Transsolar) on the densification of urban areas, Guillaume Baraibar (SCAU) presented the plans for the "Water Wheel Hotel" (to the project): this will be a temporary and transportable hotel in the form of a water wheel with rotating room capsules, which is to be built initially on the banks of the Seine.

Taro Okabe (Shigeru Ban Architects Europe) shed light on the "Snakebite", the new headquarters of the Swatch Group in Biel, Switzerland, which is currently under construction.

Yves Lion (Ateliers Lion) reported on the "L’école française Charles de Gaulle" in Damascus, Syria.


You can find the speeches in full length as well as photos and a short video clip from the Symposium here.


LEICHT France would like to thank all the speakers, partners and guests for a stimulating and also profitable evening. Furthermore, we were very pleased to receive such amazing feedback and we can already promise: we will do it again! Invitations to follow.




Facts for the present:

The new LEICHT brochure is available



In the - admittedly - unlikely event that you may be asking yourself who keeps writing to you at regular intervals about offbeat building shells, clouds underneath roofing and other similar crazy structures, the answer is: it’s us, LEICHT.


Exactly who we are, what we do and what is of particular importance to us in our work, has been incorporated in our new Image Brochure.


Send us an email at office@LEICHTonline.com or contact@LEICHTfrance.com and we will send you a copy in German or French language.


You can download digital versions of the brochure here (German, French).





Knowledge from the past:
Karl-Eugen Kurrer: "The History of the Theory of Structures"




No, LEICHT can take credit for absolutely nothing involving this book: no authorship, not the slightest contribution, not even the cover or cellophane wrap is from us – and we are genuinely good when it comes to covers and wraps. OK, so there is a reference to the dissertation of Dr. Ing. Lutz Schöne. But that is not the reason why we can recommend this book to planners and architects without restriction.


In his book "The History of the Theory of Structures", the author Dr. Ing. Karl-Eugen Kurrer offers professional experts the first complete treatment of the history of structural analysis. Beginning with the first observations concerning mechanical strength by Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei, he proceeds with the emergence of individual structural engineering procedures and their gradual development into the domain of structural analysis; he thereby introduces the historical protagonists in 243 brief portraits, as scientists but also as human beings. In addition, the book includes a comprehensive bibliography with approx. 4,000 literature references which makes it an invaluable treasure trove.


Dr. Ing. Karl-Eugen Kurrer has occupied himself for over 35 years with the history of structural analysis. Among others, he is the editor-in-chief of the technical journals "Steel Structures" and "Steel Construction" and a founding member of the Society of Construction History.


You can order the book here.

You can read an excerpt here.




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