Pier Luigi Nervi: Salone B, Palazzo di Torino Esposizioni, Torino, 1954

Course: Structural Design I

Structural Design I helps to develop an intuitive understanding of the relationship between the shape of a structure, the load it needs to carry and the forces in it. For administrative questions, please contact the teaching team of chair Block. 

Christian Kerez, Joseph Schwartz, Schule Leutschenbach, Zürich

Course: Structural Design II

Structural Design II completes the catalog of classical structural typologies and provides a safe handling of different models for the description of characteristic structural behavior. For administrative questions, please contact the teaching team of chair Block.  

Wohnhaus an der Fosterstrasse, Zürich, 1998, Christian Kerez, Joseph Schwartz

Course: Structural Design III

Structural Design III deals with the relationship between force, form and material. In particular the materials reinforced concrete, steel and timber will be discussed. For administrative questions, please contact the teaching team of chair Schwartz.  

Parlamentsgebäude, Sher-e-Banglanagar, Dhaka, Bangladesch,1962-1974, Louis I. Kahn

Course: Structural Design IV

Structural Design IV deals with the relationship between force, form and material. In particular the material masonry will be discussed. For the numerical development Rhino and Rhino Vault will be presented in workshops. Finally, several design strategies in order to creatively handle with structures will be presented. For administrative questions, please contact the teaching team of chair Schwartz. 

Studio Vacchini architetti: Sporthalle Mülimatt, Windisch, 2010

Course: Structural Design V

In Structural Design V the focus shifts from material-related aspects towards design-oriented. On the basis of case studies, exemplarily approaches towards a holistic understanding of structural design are explained and discussed. On top of the lectures, a design exercise will be given that allow the students to apply and test various structural design strategies. For administrative questions, please contact the teaching team of chair Schwartz.

Armadillo Vault at Beyond Bending exhibition, Venice Biennale, 2016, Block Research Group ETH Zurich

Course: Structural Design VI

Structural Design VI is an introduction into digital tools for the design and fabrication of complex structures. The course will introduce parametric modelling, form finding and optimisation of different types of structures using Rhino and Grasshopper. Additionally, the sizing and fabrication of such elements will be addressed.