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Chair of Structural Design - Prof. Dr. Joseph Schwartz

The term “Structural Design” denotes the programmatic idea of a reconciliation between the disciplines of engineering and architecture through the reciprocal integration of load-bearing structure and architectural design concept. One of the central elements in this approach is represented by graphic statics, a vector-based geometric representation of the flow of forces within building structures as initially formalised by the ETH professor Karl Culmann (1821–1881). This view of structural systems encourages a unified understanding of the interplay of form and load-bearing capacity – that is, an understanding of the formative effect of the active inner forces in the building structure and the targeted control of these forces.

Given this particular perspective on structures, the research group of the Chair of Structural Design places specific emphasis on the investigation of all those aspects related to the design of buildings′ structure systems. In particular, research is developed in three main areas: computational graphic statics and its potential for the design and analysis of three dimensional structure systems; the interaction between form, forces and material systems through the development of novel construction technologies; the exploration of the engineering and construction history, aiming at a better understanding of the ways of thinking inherent to these disciplines and the potential for cross- disciplinary interaction.



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Workshop at AAG Conference 2021
On 26.04.2021 and 27.04.2021 Ole Ohlbrock and Federico Bertagna together with Pierluigi D'Acunto (TUM), Catherine Rankine (ARUP London), Vincenzo Reale (ARUP London) and Vahid Moosavi (Swiss Re) will give a workshop on STRUCTURAL FORM-FINDING THROUGH MACHINE LEARNING within the AAG Conference 2021. More information can be found HERE.

fib Symposium on Conceptual Design of Structures 2021 - registration open
The Laboratory for Structural Concrete Engineering at EPFL Lausanne (Prof. Aurelio Muttoni) and the Chair of Structural Design at ETH Zurich (Prof. Joseph Schwartz) are co-organizing the fib Symposium on Conceptual Design of Structures 2021. Click HERE to register.

PowerSkin Conference 2021
On Friday 09.04.2021 Federico Bertagna will present his latest research work at the PowerSkin Conference organized by TU Munich in collaboration with TU Delft and TU Darmstadt. The presentation will focus on a research work recently developed together with Pierluigi D'Acunto (TUM), Patrick Ole Ohlbrock and Vahid Moosavi (ETHZ).

fib Symposium on Conceptual Design of Structures 2021
The Laboratory for Structural Concrete Engineering at EPFL Lausanne (Prof. Aurelio Muttoni) and the Chair of Structural Design at ETH Zurich (Prof. Joseph Schwartz) are co-organizing the fib Symposium on Conceptual Design of Structures 2021. The deadline for submitting an abstract is 15.01.2021. More information about the symposium can be found here.

Lecture at Tor Vergata University of Rome
Pierluigi D’Acunto has been invited by Prof. Andrea Micheletti and Prof. Ilaria Giannetti of Tor Vergata University of Rome to give a lecture on structural design and graphic statics. The lecture, which is open to the students of Building Engineering and Architecture, will take place on 11.12.2020.



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