Structural Design II

The courses Structural Design I and II explain the fundamentals of how structures function. These courses put great emphasis on studying the relationship between the form of a structure and the internal forces within it by means of graphic statics.

Learning Goals

At the conclusion of the courses Structural Design I and II, students will be able to:

  1. visualize the internal forces within two-dimensional structural elements.
  2. understand the relationship between the form of a structure and the forces within it.
  3. modify the design of a structure in order to improve it.
  4. identify the most important structural typologies.
  5. use graphic statics for the form-finding and analysis of structures.
  6. carry out basic dimensioning of structural elements.
  7. respond to structural problems in a creative manner.

Content

Structural Design I:

  • Fundamentals of static equilibrium
  • Introduction to graphic statics
  • Basic dimensioning of structural elements
  • Cables and stiffening schemes of cables
  • Arches and stiffening schemes of arches
  • Arch-cables structures

 Structural Design II:

  • Trusses
  • Beams
  • Frames
  • Plates
  • Buckling of compression elements 

General Information

Registration

Registration at http://www.mystudies.ethz.ch/ is required.

Course Reader

The script Structural Design I&II is available for download in the right column under Files. It covers the content of the lectures as well as other interesting topics. 

Literature

"The art of structures, Introduction to the functioning of structures in architecture" (Aurelio Muttoni, EPFL Press, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0415610292, ISBN-10: 041561029X)

"Faustformel Tragwerksentwurf" (Philippe Block, Christoph Gengangel, Stefan Peters, DVA Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt 2013, ISBN: 978-3-421-03904-0)

"Form and Forces: Designing Efficient, Expressive Structures" (Edward Allen, Waclaw Zalewski, October 2009, ISBN: 978-0-470-17465-4)

Exercise Afternoon

Alternating with the lecture, there is an exercise every other week. These exercises strengthen the understanding of the lecture content and serve as practical exam preparation. Support for the exercises, their solutions, and other course materials are available in digital form on eQUILIBRIUM: www.block.arch.ethz.ch/eq/ For this reason we recommend that you bring a laptop with internet access.

Active participation in the lessons is required. The lectures impart theoretical knowledge by means of practical examples and serve to prepare the respective exercise. These in turn include the practical application of basic knowledge of graphic statics as well as the implementation of what has been learned into the own design. It is therefore strongly recommended to hand in all exercises. In case of absence, it is mandatory to inform Alexandra Grieder beforehand by e-mail.

 

Coordination
Alexandra Grieder, dipl. arch. ETH, Teaching Assistant 
HIB E 47, Tel.: 044 633 23 98, Mail: grieder@arch.ethz.ch

Teaching Assistants
Team Block: Alexandra Grieder
Team Schwartz: Roshanak Haddadi

Student Teaching Assistants
Saro Aellig, Lara Biesser, Damaris Eschbach, Nadine Fankhauser, Miro Frei, Leonie Füssler, Nora Heeb, Josua Hefti, Rolf Imseng, Ludwig Kissling, Luca Lepori, Vinzenz Leuppi, Eva Schneuwly, Pedro Tosatto Siedel, Nina Tschuppert

Office Hours

During the semester, students can ask questions about the lecture and the exercises every Tuesday from 13:00-13:40 via Zoom. Therefore please inscribe here: Weekly Consultations