Presentation at GlobalTech Alliance Workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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
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 UniversitÃ¤t der KÃ¼nste (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
Philipp Eversmann and Paul Ehret invited Lorenz Lachauer to give a lecture at the Ecole SpÃ©ciale 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
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 AngÃ©lil 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
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 HÃ¶nggerberg.More infoMore info
New editor for Shell structures book
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
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
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 HÃ¶nggerberg campus
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 HÃ¶nggerberg 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
Prof. Block's research in the art magazine PARNASS
In the article "Forschung produziert Kultur: Das Departement Architektur der ETH Zurich" in the 1/2011 edition "work in progress" of PARNASS Kunstmagazin, the research of Prof. Block is featured next to the work of big names such as Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron, Andrea Deplazes and Marc AngÃ©lil, and described as "praxisorientiert, global inspiriert, innovativ und kreativ".
4-axis CNC wire cutting
Pushing the fabrication part of the project Digital Stereotomy in new directions, Matthias Rippmann developed a custom 4-axes CNC foam wire cutter to gain further understanding of the interlocking fabrication constraints in a physical setup. The wire cutter is able to cut very complex volumetric pieces, made up out of ruled surfaces, in an efficient manner. He furthermore developed a digital simulation and the software to generate the machine code, including the cutting sequences, for these geometries. The process is a prototype for e.g. full-scale stone cutting.Video 1Video 2
New Emerson Studio Pavilion
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".