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Lecture on Fabric Formwork by Prof. Mark West

Lecture on Fabric Formwork by Prof. Mark West

22.06.2011

On June 22, the BLOCK Research Group will host a lecture by Prof. Mark West, founding Director of CAST, the University of Manitoba's Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology in Winnipeg, Canada. This lecture will present some of the many ways in which extraordinarily beautiful and efficient architectural and structural forms can be constructed using fabric formwork technology.More infoVideo

ProjectToCPlane

ProjectToCPlane

16.06.2011

DeleteInput. Sad, but unavoidable… Our freeform tile vault had to come down. Looking forward to the next prototype.As an homage, check out this movie of 100 days of vaulting.

RhinoVAULT featured on Rhino News

RhinoVAULT featured on Rhino News

27.05.2011

Matthias Rippmann and Lorenz Lachauer implemented the forward TNA form finding framework as a plug-in for Rhinoceros, which provides a highly interactive, bidirectional 3-D form finder for compression-only structures. Via eat-a-bug.blogspot.com, RhinoVAULT got blogged on "Rhino News, etc.", the official blog of Rhinoceros. Check out the post here.

Presentation at GlobalTech Alliance Workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Presentation at GlobalTech Alliance Workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

25.05.2011

Prof. Block was invited to present at the GlobalTech Alliance Workshop "Sub-Saharan Africa: Cooperation and capacity building", held at the EiABC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 23-24, 2011. Prof. Block's presentation, "From SUDU to NESTown: Sustainable, low-cost building solutions", gave an overview of projects and teaching done by the BLOCK research Group in Ethiopia, introducing novel construction techniques, based on local materials. Particularly, the challenges of providing sustainable capacitybuilding and safe technology transfer were discussed.

TNA form finding workshop at UdK, Berlin

TNA form finding workshop at UdK, Berlin

06.05.2011

The BLOCK Research Group (Lorenz Lachauer, Matthias Rippmann and Prof. Block) has been invited by Prof. Christoph Gengnagel to a workshop from May 6 to May 8 at the Universität der Künste (UdK) Berlin, to introduce Thrust Network Analysis. The workshop will furthermore couple our novel shell design tool (RhinoVAULT) to finite element analysis methods.

Lecture Lorenz Lachauer at ESA, Paris

Lecture Lorenz Lachauer at ESA, Paris

29.04.2011

Philipp Eversmann and Paul Ehret invited Lorenz Lachauer to give a lecture at the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture, Paris, on April 30, as part of the seminar In Silico Design. Recent research from the BLOCK Research Group will be presented.More Info

Kick-off of SEUL in Singapore

Kick-off of SEUL in Singapore

29.04.2011

The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) is a part of the newly founded Singapore-ETH Center for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC). The BLOCK Research Group is part of the Singapore ETHiopia Urban Laboratory (SEUL), organized within Module VI: Territorial Organisation of Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil and Prof. Franz Oswald. The laboratory expects to push the NESTown project to the next level. Lara Davis represents us in Singapore for 4 months.

Freeform unreinforced masonry shell

Freeform unreinforced masonry shell

27.04.2011

Designed by Matthias Rippmann and built over a period of almost 6 weeks by Lara Davis using a cardboard guidework produced by Tom Pawslofski, the prototype of a Catalan, thin-tile freeform masonry shell is finished. The undulating vault was designed using new form finding tools based on TNA and shows a new language for compression-only structures. Check out the spectacular construction behind the HIL building at ETH Hönggerberg.More infoMore info

New editor for Shell structures book

New editor for Shell structures book

12.04.2011

Prof. Block and Prof. Dr. Sigrid Adriaenssens from Princeton University are being joined by Dr. Chris J. K. Williams from Bath University as editors for their book project 'Practical Form Finding and Structural Optimization of Shell Structures'. Diederik Veenendaal acts not only as contributing author, but also as editorial assistant.

Presentation at Studio Olafur Eliasson, Berlin

Presentation at Studio Olafur Eliasson, Berlin

06.04.2011

Prof. Block was invited to present his research and projects on new masonry shells at Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin. Invited as expert for a project in development, Prof. Block got an interesting insight into the workings of this extremely stimulating design environment.

New interactive home and logo for eQUILIBRIUM

New interactive home and logo for eQUILIBRIUM

01.04.2011

eQUILIBRIUM is an interactive, web-based learning platform for structural design, based on graphic statics, which is being developed by Dr. Tom Van Mele and Prof. Block. As a teaser, the home page features a few exciting examples of more to come.

EETTV construction begins on ETH Hönggerberg campus

EETTV construction begins on ETH Hönggerberg campus

17.03.2011

EETTV: Efficient & Expressive Thin-tile Vaulting using cardboard formwork. Construction has begun for a new type of free-form thin-tile vault, to be built at full scale behind the HIL building on the ETH Hönggerberg campus. This 5.5 x 7.5 meter structure was form found with Thrust Network Analysis and is employing an expandable cardboard formwork system.Project team: Lara Davis, Tom Pawlofski, Matthias Rippmann, Prof. Block

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