Freeform Tile Vault in Brick Bulletin
Structural Concrete, the peer-reviewed journal of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib), has published our paper entitled "History and overview of fabric formwork: using fabrics for concrete casting". The paper, written by Diederik Veenendaal, Prof. Mark West and Prof. Block, presents a comprehensive historical overview of fabric formwork, listing key innovators, tracing technological developments, and offering examples of structures built with these methods throughout the past decades.Link to paper
The BLOCK Research Group has a new research facility at ETH Zurich. Located in the Civil engineering testing hall, a beautiful experimental research laboratory has been designed by ROK. The BLOCK Lab will house a state-of-the-art testing set-up for modeling three-dimensional collapse of complex masonry structures using 3D-printed structural models. The upper floor will host the experimental setup of the digital stereotomy project.More info
The BLOCK Research Group will be strongly represented at the upcoming joint symposium of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering and the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures on September 20-23, 2011 in London, UK. At IABSE-IASS 2011 "Taller, Longer, Lighter", Lorenz Lachauer, Matthias Rippmann, Lara Davis and Diederik Veenendaal will present their latest research results. More info, see publications.
The BLOCK Research Group will present the paper â€œGeometry-based Understanding of Structuresâ€ at the Structural Morphology Group International Seminar 2011 on September 17-18, 2011 in London, UK. We are also organizing a half-day shell design workshop â€œReal-time form finding of compression-only shellsâ€. The eQUILIBRIUM learning platform and a new release of RhinoVAULT will be used.
Prof. Block has been invited on August 24, 2011 by Dr. Peter Richner, head of the Civil and Mechanical Engineering department and head of the Research Focal Area Sustainable Built Environment at EMPA - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology to present the BLOCK Research Group's innovative and original research. Prof. Block's lecture is entitled "New Masonry Vaults: Learning from the old master builders to design a better future".
Prof. Block has been invited to sit on the Scientific Steering Committee for the second International Conference on Flexible Formwork (icff 2012).Abstracts for this conference are now being invited for technical papers and posters whose focus is on the research, development or practical applications of flexible formwork systems. Early registration for the conference, which is taking place in Bath on June 27th to 29th 2012, is now also open.
Prof. Block has been invited by Prof. Mark Pauly, EPFL to give a keynote lecture at the Ninth Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing on July 20 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Prof. Block's lecture, entitled "Geometry of Compression Structures", will present the group's research, focusing on the geometry of and in 3D funicular networks. More Info
The very exciting final presentation of the Tower of Babylon Project has been submitted to the GlobalTech Alliance student competition. The students show through paper brick structures how much ETHZ and Zurich is wasting paper. Check out their video and pdf submissions. Also, do read the nice article on ETH Life. Congrats to the student team!