Elli Mosayebi: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Name Prof. Dr. Elli Mosayebi
FieldArchitecture and Design
Professur f. Architekt. u. Entwurf
ETH Zürich, HIL F 57.1
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zürich
RelationshipFull Professor

052-0564-21LFifty-Fifty: Acoustics in Public Spaces and 50 Years of Women's Voting Rights in Switzerland Information 2 credits2SE. Mosayebi
AbstractOn the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Swiss women's right to vote in 2021, an experimental ephemeral structure will be designed and constructed within the framework of a seminar in the spring semester and a subsequent elective work over the summer, which will use the Münsterhof in an intelligent, sensitive and surprising way. The installation will be built in September.
ObjectiveConception and realization of a temporary structure in cooperation with organizers, authorities and specialists.
ContentOn the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Swiss women's suffrage in 2021, there is an opportunity to work with the créatrices.ch association, which wants to make the achievements of women in the environment and lifestyle visible. A spatial installation will occupy the Münsterhof in Zurich for ten days. In terms of content, the installation and its display refer to the period from 1971–2071, 50 years back and 50 years ahead. 50:50 is the goal, 50:50 also symbolically represents the participation of men and women. The architectural framework we are looking for offers space for fun activities and discussions about equality and democracy.
Together with students from the ETH, an experimental ephemeral structure is to be designed and constructed as part of an elective, which plays on the urban space in an intelligent, sensitive and surprising way and invites visitors to be politically committed to the past and above all to the future . The installation takes into account the ideas of the association and, in its materialization and design, takes a position on current issues about climate, consumption and community. One special focus is placed on the human voice - as a central instrument of expression and communication - through which the charter of créatrices2021 is presented in a variety of ways,
modulated and reproduced far into the urban space.
052-1126-21LArchitectural Design V-IX: Material Flows (E. Mosayebi) Information Restricted registration - show details
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Project grading at semester end is based on the list of enrolments on 2nd April 2021, 24:00 h. This is the ultimate deadline to unsubscribe or enroll for the studio!
14 credits16UE. Mosayebi
AbstractOn the basis of various construction sites in Switzerland, we try to understand and use the potential of locally available resources and their by-products. This includes natural stone, metal, gravel, sand, clay, gypsum and wood as well as recyclable or directly reusable materials in the existing building stock.
How can we make the origin of local and global materials visible in the building?
Objective• Knowledge of the extraction, processing and use of raw materials
• Design of alternative forms of living
• Constructive deepening
• Pictorial representation of complex narratives in the form of
• Experimental photography
ContentWhere do the materials in our buildings come from? For some, the origin is easy to determine, others are part of highly globalised material flows whose supply chains cannot be easily traced. The conditions of the global market have led to a geographical separation of extraction, processing and use of raw materials. Thus, extraction areas and construction sites are often far away from each other. Favourable transport costs and cheap manual labour outside Switzerland mean that we are increasingly importing, even though we have our own material resources. Examples of this are natural stones and wood, a substantial part of which is imported from abroad despite local occurrences. In Switzerland, the rule is: imported building materials are cheaper than local ones. This reverses a historical logic according to which only selected and valuable goods were imported. This breaks the link between resources and building culture: local building forms are built with imported materials.

Using various construction fields in Switzerland, we want to understand and use the potential of locally available resources and their by-products. These include natural stone, metal, gravel, sand, clay, plaster and wood, as well as recyclable or directly reusable materials in existing building stock. Which resources are abundant, which are scarce? Which materials have to be imported from far away? What can we use raw and what needs to be optimised constructively or structurally? We ask how architectural form, expression and meaning emerge through material and construction - and how we can make the origin of local and global materials visible in the building. The project should use its resources as ecologically as possible, in that the buildings are intended to be durable or adaptable and valuable materials can remain dismantlable or components can decay into natural materials after dismantling. The task is to design houses for living and working. The same applies to the form of living sought and the consumption of goods as to the built architecture: it is about the sufficient use of resources.

The semester takes place in cooperation with Guillaume Habert's Sustainable Building Chair. After the first three weeks of analysis, miniatures summarise the research and form the narratives of the projects. Experimental images of the projects are created in workshops with the artist Shirana Shahbazi. Drawings of relevant details serve as a constructive debate.
Prerequisites / NoticeGroup work only.
Mid-term crits: 16.3., 27.4., 18.5.;
No extra costs.