Philippe Block: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Award: The Golden Owl
Name Prof. Dr. Philippe Block
FieldArchitecture and Structure
Address
Professur Architektur und Tragwerk
ETH Zürich, HIB E 45
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 1
8093 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 633 68 44
E-mailblock@arch.ethz.ch
URLhttp://block.arch.ethz.ch
DepartmentArchitecture
RelationshipFull Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
051-1246-20LIntegrated Discipline Structural Construction (P. Block) Information Restricted registration - show details 3 credits2UP. Block
AbstractStructural design will be an integral part of the semester design project in the area of architecture and urbanism, and integrates knowledge acquired in the first years of Structures.
ObjectiveUnderstanding of the importance of the structural system for architectural design and integration
of structural thinking into the design process.
ContentThe integrated academic performance is related to the design project and assisted by specialists from the field of structural engineering. The focus, format and extent of the work are to be consulted with the professorship.
Prerequisites / NoticeRegistration in mystudies and per email to the chair is compulsory by latest the end of the 3rd semester week.

The final presentation of the term's work will take place on the last Thursday of the semester.
052-0604-00LStructural Design II Information
Until FS17 this course was offered under LV 066-0412-00L (Structural Design II). Students who already attended and also terminated the course cannot enroll once more and they will not be credited for LE 052-0604-00L a second time.
2 credits2GP. Block, J. Schwartz
AbstractDetermination of internal forces and description of structural behaviour of mixed arches and cable structures, of truss systems, beams, slabs, panels and frames using method of graphical statics as well as dimensioning of these structural systems. Structural behaviour of columns. Discussion of reference buildings and illustration of interplay of structural system and architectural intention.
ObjectiveAwareness of the most important structural systems. Understanding of the interplay of load and form. Estimation of the inner forces and dimensioning of elements.
ContentAfter a general introduction of basic concepts, structural systems such as cable and arch structures will be analyzed with the help of graphic statics. The students will learn to understand the flow of forces in a structural system in relation to the system's form. They will be able to modify this force flow and give dimension to the structural components.

All concepts, approaches and methods will be introduced in the weekly lectures and practiced in subsequent exercises.
Lecture noteson eQuilibrium
"Skript Tragwerksentwurf I/II"
https://block.arch.ethz.ch/eq/course/45?lang=en

A printed version can be bought at the chair of Structural Design Prof. Schwartz for sFr. 55.-.
Literature"Faustformel Tragwerksentwurf"
(Philippe Block, Christoph Gengangel, Stefan Peters,
DVA Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt 2013, ISBN: 978-3-421-03904-0)

Weiteres Lernmaterial:
"Form and Forces: Designing Efficient, Expressive Structures"
(Edward Allen, Waclaw Zalewski, October 2009, ISBN: 978-0-470-17465-4)

"The art of structures, Introduction to the functioning of structures in architecture"
(Aurelio Muttoni, EPFL Press, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0415610292, ISBN-10: 041561029X)
Prerequisites / NoticeLectures: Thu, 20.02.20; Thu, 05.03.20; Thu, 26.03.20; Thu, 09.04.20; Thu, 30.04.20; Thu, 14.05.20
Exercises: Thu, 27.02.20; Thu, 12.03.20; Thu, 02.04.20; Thu, 23.04.20; Thu, 07.05.20
052-0608-00LStructural Design IV Information 2 credits3GJ. Schwartz, P. Block
AbstractIn Structural Design IV, students will apply the knowledge gained during the courses Structural Design I, II and III in a semester-long design project.
ObjectiveAt the conclusion of Structural Design IV, the students will be able to:

1. design structures creatively.
2. identify the relationships between architectural concept, structural form, internal forces and building materials.
3. effectuate the transition from architectural concept to structural idea.
4. use graphic statics in a design-oriented manner.
5. generate structural forms beyond known structural typologies.
6. explore spatial equilibrium by means of physical models.
ContentThe course begins with a series of lectures that show buildings with a successful integration between architecture and structure. After this, students are given an architectural design problem and are asked to design a three-dimensional structure using graphic statics and physical models. The development of the design proposal is supported during table critiques and its evolution is assessed in intermediate submissions. At the end of the semester, all projects are exhibited and reviewed by structural engineers, structural designers and architects.
Lecture noteson eQuilibrium
"Skript Tragwerksentwurf I/IIIII/IV"
http://www.block.arch.ethz.ch/eq/course/4?lang=en

Printed versions can be bought at the chair of Structural Design Prof. Schwartz.
Literature"Faustformel Tragwerksentwurf"
(Philippe Block, Christoph Gengangel, Stefan Peters,
DVA Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt 2013, ISBN: 978-3-421-03904-0)

Other Learning Material:
"Form and Forces: Designing Efficient, Expressive Structures"
(Edward Allen, Waclaw Zalewski, October 2009, ISBN: 978-0-470-17465-4)

"The art of structures, Introduction to the functioning of structures in architecture"
(Aurelio Muttoni, EPFL Press, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0415610292, ISBN-10: 041561029X)
Prerequisites / NoticeTo take part in this course, it is recommended to first complete the courses Structural Design I, II and III or to have knowledge of graphic statics.
063-0606-00LStructural Design VI Information
Does not take place this semester.
2 credits3GP. Block, J. Schwartz
AbstractThis course teaches computational tools for structural design. After an introduction in the basics of 3D modelling, as well as parametric design, the course focuses on structural form-finding, simulation and optimisation methods. These topics are covered with the aid of design-oriented exercises and built examples showcasing the use of these advanced methods in research and construction projects.
Objective- ability to 3D model complex geometry
- knowledge of parametric design tools
- basic skills in Python scripting
- introductory experience in different form-finding methods
- exposure to basics of computational simulation and optimisation of structures
- application of computational methods to design project