At the conclusion of Structural Design III, students will be able to:
- understand the structural behaviour of a building.
- design efficient and expressive structural systems.
- extend the application of graphic statics from 2D to 3D.
- assess the structural and architectural potentials of the most important building materials.
- establish a relationship between material aspects, form and forces.
- understand how construction details work from a structural perspective.
- carry out basic dimensioning of structural elements.
After a brief review of the key aspects taught in Structural Design I and II, the course Structural Design III will examine the interplay of architectural concepts and structural systems by analyzing buildings of exemplary quality. Structures built out of steel, reinforced concrete, timber and masonry are studied. During the exercise sessions, three-dimensional structures will be analyzed using graphic statics taking the relationship between form, forces and material aspects into account, as presented in the lectures.
The registration on http://www.mystudies.ethz.ch/ is mandatory.
The course will be held every Friday (12.45 - 15.30), both in presence (HIL E3) and online:
In parallel to the live-streaming, please also join the following zoom meeting, which will be open only to communicate (via chat) with you in case you have any question: https://ethz.zoom.us/j/61730398908?pwd=WnYrUURhaFY4NTI4bytuUmJFRkFmdz09
All the lectures and exercises of the course Structural Design III will be available on this website.
Additionally, at the link on the top right of this page, you can find the script of the courses “Structural Design I/II” which is about the basics of graphic statics. The printed version of this script is available at the chair of Structural Design of Prof. Schwartz, at the price of sFr. 75.-.
Further literature references:
- "Faustformel Tragwerksentwurf" (Philippe Block, Christoph Gengangel, Stefan Peters, DVA Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt 2013, ISBN: 978-3-421-03904-0)
- "The art of structures, Introduction to the functioning of structures in architecture" (Aurelio Muttoni, EPFL Press, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0415610292, ISBN-10: 041561029X)
- "Form and Forces: Designing Efficient, Expressive Structures" (Edward Allen, Waclaw Zalewski, October 2009, ISBN: 978-0-470-17465-4)
Every second Friday afternoon is reserved for exercise sessions. These sessions represent important components to deepen the understanding of the lecture content and for the practical preparation towards the written exam. An active participation during the exercise sessions is a prerequisite to understand the exam materials.
Prof. Dr. Joseph Schwartz (Lectures)
HIB E12, Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Dr. Philippe Block (Lectures)
HIB E45, Mail: email@example.com
Dr. Lluis Enrique (Exercise sessions)
HIB E0, Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Federico Bertagna (Lectures)
HIB E0, Mail: email@example.com
Dario Quaglia (Lectures)
HIB, Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roshanak Haddadi (Exercise sessions)
HIB E11, Mail: email@example.com
If you have specific questions about the lectures or the exercises you can get in contact with the teaching team via email.