Computational Structural Design II

This course teaches structural design opportunities through the use of computational tools and strongly informed by (digital)fabrication techniques.

Abstract

This course teaches structural design opportunities through the use of computational tools and strongly informed by (digital)fabrication techniques. The course lays a strong computational foundation that gives students the confidence to use python coding for design. This fundamental knowledge is subsequently used in design-oriented exercises focusing on form-finding and the design of efficient structural forms informed by fabrication constraints. The course explores a variety of structural design options showcased through research methods used in realized construction projects (e.g. Nest HiLo and the Armadillo vault).

Learning goals

  • development of algorithmic thinking
  • understanding of principles of design for fabrication
  • knowledge of basic/medium Python scripting
  • introduction to COMPAS framework data structures and algorithms
  • fabrication aware constrained form-finding

Grading

The course is graded based on a 30 minutes oral exam in english. The students must be available 30 minutes before the start of the oral exam for preparing the exam question/s. Total exam time is 60 minutes.

IMPORTANT: Before 2020, this course was called "063-0606-00L - Structural Design VI". Those students who took the former course cannot obtain again the credits as the courses ending with the number "00L" can only be passed once. 

Registration

Registration at http://www.mystudies.ethz.ch/ is required.

Coordination

Dr. Mariana Popescu, Postdoctoral researcher

mariana.popescu@arch.ethz.ch