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Prof. Block wins Golden Owl 2010

Prof. Block wins Golden Owl 2010

20.11.2010

Prof. Block has been awarded The Golden Owl 2010 at the ETH-Tag on November 20, 2010. The award for engagement and excellence in teaching is given by the ETH Zurich Student Association, after nominations by the student body. Prof. Block was winner for the Department of Architecture.

Special issue of ATDF Journal on Architecture and Development

Special issue of ATDF Journal on Architecture and Development

27.10.2010

The special issue of the ATDF Journal "Design-Revolution in Architecture and its Impact on Development", edited by Prof. Block, was published online. The issue features many interesting contributions, including articles about the Mapungubwe National Park Interpretive Center in South Africa and NESTown in Ethiopia.More Info

Lecture at Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin

Lecture at Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin

20.10.2010

Prof. Block has been invited by Dr.-Ing. Karl-Eugen Kurrer to give a lecture about his PhD research in the Lecture series "Praktiken und Potentiale von Bautechnikgeschichte". Prof. Block's first German lecture, entitled "Neue Studien zum Dreidimensionalen Gleichgewicht von Gewölben", will be held at the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin on Thursday November 18 at 18:00.More Info

Lecture at Seoul National University, South Korea

Lecture at Seoul National University, South Korea

15.10.2010

Prof. Block has been invited by Prof. Sung-Gul Hong to present his research on innovation in form finding and three-dimensional equilibrium at the Department of Architecture & Architectural Engineering of the Seoul National University, South Korea. The lecture "Learning from the old master builders: Designing exciting and efficient shell structures" will be held on November 16 (Time and place TBD).

Lecture at the LGG, EPF Lausanne

Lecture at the LGG, EPF Lausanne

13.10.2010

Prof. Block has been invited by Prof. Mark Pauly to present the BLOCK Research Group's research work on constraint-based optimization at the Laboratoire d'Informatique Graphique et Géométrique of the EPFL in Lausanne. Title talk is "Form Finding to Fabrication: An integrative digital design process for free-form masonry vaults". The teams hope that this can be the start of fruitful collaborations.More Info

Lecture at University of Cambridge, UK

Lecture at University of Cambridge, UK

08.10.2010

Prof. Block has been invited by Profs. Matthew DeJong and Michael Ramage to present his research at the Engineering Department Structures Research Seminar at the University of Cambridge, UK. His lecture, entitled "Exploiting Structural Indeterminacy: Free-form unreinforced stone shells", will be held at the Department of Engineering in Lecture 4, Ground floor on Thursday October 28, at 17:00. More Info

New Emerson studio pavilion

New Emerson studio pavilion

05.10.2010

The Fall 2010 architecture studio from Prof. Tom Emerson, with the theme of "Bricolage" designed and constructed a wooden pavilion, entirely from recycled crates and palettes. Marcel Aubert and Prof. Block assisted with the structural design of the project named "96 Hands".

The New Structuralism

The New Structuralism

04.10.2010

Prof. Block is chairing the session "Structuring in Design" at the Symposium "The New Structuralism: Design, Engineering and Architectural Technologies", organized by Robert and Rivka Oxman and Gramazio & Kohler and held on October 7, 2010 at the Architekturforum Zürich.More Info

D-ARCH Jahresaustellung 2010

D-ARCH Jahresaustellung 2010

15.09.2010

Taking the lid off of the latest research and teaching done at the BLOCK Research Group! From October 1, 2010 to October 29, 2010, the Department of Architecture (D-ARCH) at ETH is having its annual exhibition. This "Jahresaustellung" is happening in the main lobby of the HIL building. Come check out our work.More Info

Seminar Week on masonry vaulting

Seminar Week on masonry vaulting

24.08.2010

The BLOCK Research Group offers an exciting seminar week, entitled "Scaffolding to Structure: Construction in thin-shell masonry". Masonry experts from the ETH, University of Cambridge, and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) will lead seminars in vault construction, where structural principles will be tested through hands-on experience with materials and methods. Based in Cambridge, UK, our excursions will include locations closed to the public: On the roof of King's College Chapel, at Ely Cathedral, Peterborough Cathedral, and the Wren Library. More InfoRegister

Construction floor system for Ethiopian SUDU

Construction floor system for Ethiopian SUDU

25.07.2010

Lara Davis has been building the unreinforced vaulted floor system, designed by Prof. Block, of the prototype of the Sustainable Urban Dwelling Unit (SUDU) at the EiABC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has been training students and local laborers into the Catalan vaulting technique which allows to build without the need for formwork or steel reinforcements. The construction was part of the ETHiopia Urban Laboratory SummerSchool 2010 in which our chair provided teaching and hands-on workshops in "Appropriate Architecture & Construction". More infoMore Info

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