Robot-fabricated unreinforced brick columns on ETH campus
Two of the unreinforced robot-fabricated brick columns produced during the design-build workshop "The Programmed Column", by Gramazio & Kohler - Architecture and Digital Fabrication and the Block Research Group are displayed on the ETH HÃ¶nggerberg campus for the Brick Award 2010 Exhibition.More Info
Invitation Inaugural Lecture Prof. Block
Prof. Block is giving his inaugural lecture, entitled "Conserving the Past / Designing the Future: New Studies in Equilibrium" on Wednesday April 28 2010 at 17:15 in the Auditorium Maximum (HG F 30) in ETH's Main Building. Come check out why Prof. Block was hired! More InfoPodcast
Apply now for ETHiopia SummerSchool 2010 in Addis Ababa
The ETHiopia Summer School will bring together interdisciplinary faculty members and students from ETH Zurich and the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) to teach and apply sustainable, collaborative and innovative architecture. The summer school will take place from June 28 - July 18, 2010 on the EiABC campus in Addis Ababa. More Info
3-day Graphic Statics Workshop in Salerno
Prof. Block has been invited by Profs. Fraternali and Sicignano to give a 3-day intense workshop on Graphic Statics at the University of Salerno, Italy on May 25-27, 2010. Prof. Block, assisted by Valentina Cima, will be giving an introduction to graphic statics in three seminars: "Funicular structures", "Fan and Tree structures", and "Shaping trusses". More Info
Seminar Lorenz Lachauer at MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA
Lorenz Lachauer is invited to present his research on novel interactive and parametric structural design tools based on graphic statics at the MIT Masonry Research Group on Monday April 12 at 4pm in Room 4-237. His talk is entitled "Parametric Structural Design: An intuitive approach using graphic statics".More Info
Masonry Lecture at ETH by Dr. Matthew DeJong (POSTPONED!)
Prof. Block invited Dr. Matt DeJong, Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Cambridge, UK, and founding partner of the structural consultancy firm ODB Engineering, for an IBK seminar on his research on historic structures. His talk "Novel Modelling Strategies for Masonry Structures" will be in May (date, time and location TBD) on the ETH HÃ¶nggerberg campus.More Info
Why Design Now?
MIT's Masonry Research Group and ODB Engineering have been invited to build a vaulted installation "Vault201" at the Design Triennial for the Cooper-Hewitt-National Design Museum in NYC, USA, "Why Design Now?", which is opening on May 14 2010 and features designers from around the world pushing sustainable design.More Info
Lecture at the EiABC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Prof. Block was invited for a lecture at the newly founded Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) by Scientific Director and former lecturer at ETH, Dirk Hebel. His talk "Understanding the Past / Designing the Future: New Low-Cost, Sustainable Building Solutions" initiated the close collaboration between the EiABC and the BLOCK Research Group on developing Appropriate Construction Technologies for rural Ethiopia. More Info
World Building of the Year Award for Mapungubwe
Peter Rich's Mapungubwe Interpretive Center in South Africa (also see older post) just won two major prizes at the World Architecture Festival. First, it won for the world building in the "Culture Category" and secondly, it won "WORLD BUILDING OF THE YEAR", beating out hundreds of designs by leading architects from around the world!
Lectures at the University of Salerno, Italy
Prof. Block has been invited by Profs. Fernando Fraternali and Enrico Sicignano to present his PhD research at the University of Salerno. Two back-to-back lectures on Tuesday October 27: "Conserving the Past / Designing the Future" and "Exploiting Structural Indeterminacy". More Info
Mapungubwe project wins Sustainability Award
The Mapungubwe National Park Interpretive Centre project in South Africa won one of the prestigious Structural Awards 2009. The project received the David Alsop Sustainability Award for "achievement in structural design, where outstanding commitment to sustainability and respect for the environment has been demonstrated." Prof. Block was involved in the structural analysis of the unreinforced, soil-pressed tile vaults.More Info.
Release "Form & Forces: Designing Efficient, Expressive Structures"
"Form & Forces: Designing Efficient, Expressive Structures", the reworked and extended new edition of "Shaping Structures", by Allen and Zalewski is arguably (one of) the most comprehensive classroom textbook on structures and structural behaviour for designers. It re-introduced graphic statics and is strongly geared towards practical design problems, from conception to detailing to realisation and construction. Prof. Block co-authored the chapter on masonry design with Prof. John Ochsendorf, MIT.