Matthias Kohler: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Name Prof. Matthias Kohler
FieldArchitecture and Digital Fabriacation
Address
Architektur & Digitale Fabrikation
ETH Zürich, HIB E 42
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 1
8093 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
E-mailkohler@arch.ethz.ch
DepartmentArchitecture
RelationshipFull Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
051-1226-20LIntegrated Discipline Architecture and Digital Fabrication Information Restricted registration - show details
Enrolment only possible after consultation with the lecturer.
3 credits2UF. Gramazio, M. Kohler
AbstractThe Integrated Discipline deals with the interrelation between material and algorithmic design. The direct control of production data opens up new possibilities for design strategies that are exempt from the limitations of standard CAD software. The Integration of process, function and design allows for a new approach to the production of architecture.
ObjectiveThe objective of this course is to develop a strategy for a surface structure that incorporates design ideas about space, material and light. The structure can be developed in any suitable scripting language. The procedural logics should be defined through the constructive potential and properties of the chosen material and transform it at the same time in order to achieve a new architectural expression.
ContentWe use the term digital materiality to describe an emergent transformation in the expression of architecture. Materiality is increasingly being enriched with digital characteristics, which substantially affect architecture’s physis. Digital materiality evolves through the interplay between digital and material processes in design and construction. The synthesis of two seemingly distinct worlds – the digital and the material – generates new, self-evident realities. Data and material, programming and construction are interwoven. This synthesis is enabled by the techniques of digital fabrication, which allows the architect to control the manufacturing process through design data. Material is thus enriched by information; material becomes “informed.” In the future, architects’ ideas will permeate the fabrication process in its entirety. This new situation transforms the possibilities and thus the professional scope of the architect.
063-0610-00LThe Digital in Architecture2 credits1V + 2UF. Gramazio, M. Kohler
AbstractIn lecture series coupled with a series of taught exercises, the course establishes a conceptual framework of digital fabrication in architecture. The exercises focus on simple yet powerful methods of digital, computational and algorithmic design. Two seminar sessions open a debate on the digital as a driving force of a future building and architecture culture.
ObjectiveStudents develop an understanding of the digital and its concepts in architecture and of current developments in the field of digital fabrication. Students learn about design strategies based on digital methods and are able to relate these to their own design approach and its wider context at the Department of Architecture. In the exercises, they learn to use Rhino 5 / Grasshopper and write their first code in Python. The aim is to equip students with the necessary intellectual and technical skills that allow them to independently deepen their engagement with the digital in the chosen design studios.
ContentThe course consists of a lecture series coupled with a series of taught exercises. Departing from the work of Gramazio Kohler Research, the lectures establish a conceptual framework of the digital in architecture with special regard to digital fabrication. The exercises focus on simple yet powerful methods of digital, computational and algorithmic design. Two seminar sessions are dedicated to an open debate on the digital as a driving force of a future building and architecture culture.
Prerequisites / NoticePool Introduction Event:
Informationon event on all the courses offered by the ITA (Institute of Technology in Architecture):
Monday, 17th February 2020, 11-12 h, HIB Open Space!
063-0622-20LArchitecture and Digital Fabrication (Thesis Elective) Information Restricted registration - show details 6 credits13AF. Gramazio, M. Kohler
AbstractAdvance in technology revolutionizes design and fabrication processes within architecture. Digital fabrication allows immediate production from design data. The architect as author of these data takes a key role in this development.
This course focuses on strategies for architectural production by means of algorithmic design tools and computer controlled fabrication methods.
ObjectiveThe goal of the „Wahlfacharbeit“ is the in depth analysis of a specific topic in the field of digital design and fabrication. The students should develop a personal, algorithmic design system till fabrication. A theoretic placement of the work within the current research discourse is desirable.
ContentWe use the term digital materiality to describe an emergent transformation in the expression of architecture. Materiality is increasingly being enriched with digital characteristics, which substantially affect architecture’s physis. Digital materiality evolves through the interplay between digital and material processes in design and construction. The synthesis of two seemingly distinct worlds – the digital and the material – generates new, self-evident realities. Data and material, programming and construction are interwoven. This synthesis is enabled by the techniques of digital fabrication, which allows the architect to control the manufacturing process through design data. Material is thus enriched by information; material becomes “informed.” In the future, architects’ ideas will permeate the fabrication process in its entirety. This new situation transforms the possibilities and thus the professional scope of the architect.
Lecture notesThe script can be purchased during the course. It is available in German only.
069-0003-00LIntegrated Design and Robotic Fabrication Project Restricted registration - show details
Only for MAS in Architecture and Digital Fabrication.
10 credits8GF. Gramazio, M. Kohler
AbstractThe second term of the MAS programme is split into two consecutive design and fabrication projects. Students work collaboratively on all aspects from design to the digital / robotic fabrication of their 1-1 scale structure. Students acquire experience in project management, learn to organise their work packages and develop integrated digital fabrication processes.
ObjectiveStudents tackle the challenge of integrating an innovative constructive system and robotic fabrication workflow into a digital design project with respect to a given timeline.
ContentDuring the second ten weeks of term 2, the assignment is to design and fabricate a complex spatial timber structure. Students work collaboratively on all aspects from computational design to structural analysis and simulation, customised robotic tooling and fabrication. They acquire experience in 1-1 scale robotic construction using the unique facility of the Institute of Technology in Architecture equipped with four ABB IRB 4600 industrial robotic arms attached to a gantry system.
069-0100-00LMaster's Thesis Restricted registration - show details
Only for MAS in Architecture and Digital Fabrication.
20 credits2DB. Dillenburger, F. Gramazio, M. Kohler
AbstractIn the third term of the MAS programme, students focus on developing their own research thesis, working individually or in groups of two. In line with the programme, students select a research brief in the field of robotic fabrication processes and 3D printing technologies.
ObjectiveStudents familiarise themselves with academic research in the field of architecture and digital fabrication. Closely supervised by researchers of Gramazio Kohler Research and Digital Building Technologies, students work from a research brief to physical output demonstrating their achievements. Through a series of experiments, students gradually refine their arguments, familiarising themselves with the rigour of academic research, while at the same time contributing to ongoing research. The individual thesis work is condensed in a written thesis and presented in front of a jury of international experts.