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National Stadium Tokyo 2020 - P. D’Acunto, L. Ingold, O. P. Ohlbrock - 2016
National Stadium Tokyo 2020 - P. D’Acunto, L. Ingold, O. P. Ohlbrock - 2016

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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Lectures at IWSS2020
Pierluigi D'Acunto, Léa Boulic, Federico Bertagna and Giulia Boller will present some of their current research projects at the 1st Italian Workshop on Shell and Spatial Structures (IWSS2020). The workshop will take place online on 25-26.06.2020. Further info available here.

Lecture at FHNW
Hannes Hofmann is invited by Thomas Boyle, lecturer for structural engineering at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), to present about his research on the collaboration of architects and structural engineers. The online lecture will take place on 04.05.2020.

Joint guest lecture by Tomaz Ulaga and Maurice Berrel
Within the the course Force Material Form: Exploring Interdisciplinary Design, Tomaz Ulaga, civil engineer from Basel, and Maurice Berrel, architect from Zurich, are invited to report on their joint design experiences. The online lecture will take place on 30.04.2020.

International Symposium, Candela – Isler – Müther
An international symposium on the work of Félix Candela, Heinz Isler and Ulrich Müther will take place on March 27th and 28th, 2020. It is organised by the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) in cooperation with the Chair of Structural Design at ETH Zurich, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the Müther-Archive at the University of Applied Sciences in Wismar. here

FS20 Seminar week - Switzerland
The Chair of Structural Design is offering students a seminar week (16. - 21. March 2020) with the title: "Tracing Concrete - An illustrated exploration through Switzerland". More details on the trip and the integrated sketching workshop can be found here

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