052-1134-21L  Architectural Design V-IX: Material Gesture - Textile (A. Holtrop)

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersA. Holtrop
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentPlease register (Link) only after the internal enrolment for the design classes (see Link).

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!


052-1134-21 UArchitectural Design V-IX: Material Gesture - Textile (A. Holtrop) Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
No course 23./24.3. (seminar week), on 6./7.4.(Easter Holiday) as well as on public holidays (s. room reservations).
16 hrs
Tue09:45-17:30HIR C 11 »
Wed08:00-17:30HIR C 11 »
A. Holtrop

Catalogue data

AbstractIn times of constant and unpredictable change, we look at textile as one of the most adaptive and comforting materials.
ObjectiveWhen we take all aspects of the material into consideration – the geology, the sourcing, the industry, the different properties, the craftsmanship, the specialised techniques and the cultural significance – we can deploy the full potential of the inherent qualities of the material itself and our way of working it in what we call MATERIAL GESTURE.

In this design studio, you will define your gestures of making and working with material(s) through research and experiment, and in response to the topic of the studio. You are required to produce an architecture that results from your specific engagement with the material and the spatial condition you construct with it. The architecture that results from this approach does not reference or represent something, but simply attempts to exist as a physical spatial reality in its own right.

Your research should be supported by the knowledge made available by our studio, and engaged through you with the use of available resources and facilities at departments of the ETH and from external specialists/fabricators.

Throughout the whole semester, and for your final presentation, we require that you work with physical (fragment) models of your building in the actual material(s). It is important, in this design studio, not to make a complete building, but to show and support the found values of the material engagement in a spatial way, based on the full potential of the inherent qualities of the material itself and your way of working it.
ContentWe will study space as an adaptive environment in which textile plays a central role, from rugs and tents that can be traveled with, to technologically advanced woven fabrics that can transform to changing conditions.

Through the theory of Gottfried Semper, we will look back at textiles, which were used as a bonding material to string and bind, and as woven material to cover, to protect and to enclose.
Prerequisites / NoticeIndividual work only.
Mid term crits: 20./21. June 21.
Costs: CHF 100.--

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits14 credits
ExaminersA. Holtrop
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationUltimate deadline for deregistration from this design course is 2nd April 2021, 24:00 h.
Deleting the enrolment after this date is not allowed

Learning materials

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General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
Permission from lecturers required for all students

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Architecture BachelorArchitectural Design (from 5. Semester on)WInformation