Armadillo vault shortlisted for Structural Awards 2017
On September 1, 2017, the Seoul Biennale 2017 "Imminent Commons", curated by Hyungmin Pai and Alejandro Zaera-Polo, opens. The BRG worked together with the Chair of Sustainable Construction - Prof. Dirk E. Hebel at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on an exhibtion called "Beyond Mining / Urban Growth", featuring a naturally grown structure!
Invited by Prof. Isak Worre Foged, the Block Research Group is co-organising the 2017 UTZON(x) summer school "Robotic Based Composite Design" from August 19-27 at Aalborg University, Denmark.
As of August 2017, Profs. Arno Schlüter and Philippe Block take over as the new head and deputy head, respectively, of the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) at ETH Zürich.
Check out our new article "Compressive assemblies" for the special issue by Skylar Tibbits on "Autonomous Assembly: Designing for a new era of collective construction" of AD - Architectural Design.
Taking over from founding director Prof. Matthias Kohler, Prof. Block is the new director of the Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) in Digital Fabrication.
Finally the overview paper on "NEST HiLo: Investigating lightweight construciton and adaptive energy systems" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Building Engineering.
Our paper "Load-path optimisation of funicular networks" has been published in Meccanica.
The moment of truth for the fullscale, 1-to-1 construction prototype of NEST HiLo's concrete roof. All day, Theo will be spraying the large prototype in the Robotic Fabrication Hall of the Arch_Tech_Lab on ETH Hönggerberg!
Architects look to the past for structures of the future - a short interview of Prof. Block by Matthew Stock on Reuters News! The story also appeared in German and in Flemish.
Invited by Prof. Philip Yuan, Prof. Block and Shajay Bhooshan will from June 24 to July 1 offer a workshop, organised by the BRG together with the CO|DE group at Zaha Hadid Architects, at DigitalFUTURE Shanghai 2017.