052-1124-21L  Architectural Design V-IX: Temporary Construction. Design of Circular Structures (R. Boltshauser GD)

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersR. Boltshauser
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
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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!


052-1124-21 UEntwurf V-IX: Temporäres Bauen. Entwurf Zirkulärer Strukturen (GD R.Boltshauser) Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
Keine Lehrveranstaltung am 23./24.3. (Seminarwoche), am 6./7.4. (Osterferien) sowie an Feiertagen (s. Raumbelegungen!).
16 hrs
Tue09:45-17:30HIQ C 1 »
Wed08:00-17:30HIQ C 1 »
R. Boltshauser

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AbstractA new awareness of our limited resources and their use are bringing low-carbon materials and the permanent or renewed use of components back to the fore. We want to take the principle of planning circular buildings to extremes, understand / design buildings as temporary structures and make a contribution to energy generation / urban greening / noise reduction.
Objective• Dealing with dense, sustainable, simple building
• Development of a broad theoretical and historical knowledge of a
topic in order to transfer the resulting findings to the current context
• Understanding of sustainable building techniques and building
• Holistic design of spatial atmospheres in the interplay of context,
construction, climate, sustainability and materiality
• Recognizing the potential of building materials with different
technical properties in order to develop own ideas for new building
systems and translate them into a design
• Practical work on the model and in the visualization program as par
of the design process
ContentA new awareness of our limited resources and their use is bringing low-CO2 materials and the permanent or renewed use of building components back to the fore - and this is also urgently needed. We want to take the principle of planning circular buildings to the extreme and understand and design buildings as temporary structures. At the same time, we want to contribute to energy generation, urban greening, noise reduction, the creation of public spaces or the development of new living and working opportunities.

This path, which we want to explore in the spring semester of 2021, is the design of temporary buildings whose components can be used several times and which can thus be integrated into a circular cycle with the least possible losses. With this strategy, land reserves are occupied only as long as necessary for their use. Areas in which the development strategies are not clear can be put to interim use, and existing buildings can be maintained and expanded for longer. The building sites are located in the city of Zurich, the utilization concept is developed in connection with selected strategies of climate-conscious building. Depending on the concept, it may be useful to test and demonstrate the functionality of the structure on different parcels in the city. Based on an analysis of site potential, site-specific as well as flexible structures and energy concepts will nevertheless be designed. In parallel with the design and construction, we will include grey energy demand, operational energy as well as energy generation.

However, designing with climate as a factor concerns us not only on the technical and constructional level, but also on the architectural level. The architecture should be able to find a new, contemporary expression under the aspects of climate-conscious building as well as in connection with the use and the service life.
Already during the construction of a building, consideration is given to its limited life span and possible further use, both in the choice of materials, construction methods and supporting structure. Designing and constructing with this goal in mind means an intensive examination of the material and the components. While in the classical design process a space is designed and only later materialized and constructed, these aspects must be considered from the very beginning.
Prerequisites / NoticeIndividual work and group work, whereof 3-4 weeks group work.
Mid term crits: 16.3., 20.4., 11.5.
No extra costs.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits14 credits
ExaminersR. Boltshauser
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationEine Benotung des Entwurfs am Semesterende erfolgt ausschliesslich aufgrund der per Stichtag, 2.April 2021, 24:00 Uhr, dokumentierten Belegungsliste. Das vorgenannte Datum ist der letzte Termin zum Löschen oder Belegen dieser Lehrveranstaltung!

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General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
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