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Explorations: Exhibition. EXPLORATIONS: Teaching, Design, Research COMMISSIONER Urs Staub, Head of Section Art and Design Federal Office of Culture, Berne CURATOR Reto Geiser STUDIOS Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Atelier de la conception de l’espace (ALICE) Professor Dieter Dietz Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Laboratoire de la production d’architecture (lapa) Professor Harry Gugger Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design (MAS UD) Professor Marc Angélil Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich Gramazio & Kohler, Architecture and Digital Fabrication Professors Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANT Angelus Eisinger WALL INSTALLATION Structural Oscillations Gramazio & Kohler, Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich, in collaboration with Reto Geiser GRAPHIC DESIGN Philipp Herrmann, Ludovic Varone VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY Maris Mezulis TRANSLATIONS John Palmesino LOCAL COORDINATION Serge D’Urach, Michael Knauss.

Explorations: Exhibition

Pallet House. [Image: The Palettenpavillon by Matthias Loebermann, photographed/copyright by Mila Hacke, Berlin].

Pallet House

The Palettenpavillon by Matthias Loebermann is a structure made entirely from shipping pallets, ground anchors, and tie rods. Designed to be easily assembled and dismantled, and then entirely recycled at a later date, the resulting building is intended as a temporary meeting place. As the architect writes, the shipping pallets are "characterized by a complex geometry of open and closed surface portions," with the effect that a staggered stacking of each unit produces "interesting netlike structures. " They add that the deceptively curvilinear form becomes a "cave. " [Images: The Palettenpavillon by Matthias Loebermann, photographed/copyright by Mila Hacke, Berlin]. On the other hand, perhaps pallet architecture is not universally interesting; this recent experiment in London is what Jonathan Glancey calls "a shrine to the humble timber pallet. " Gramazio & Kohler, Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation.

Die Verzahnung, ETH Zurich, 2010Wahlfach Die Fügung von Elementen und Bauteilen nimmt eine wichtige Rolle im Bauprozess ein und beeinflusst massgeblich sowohl konstruktive als auch gestalterische Aspekte des Bauens.

Gramazio & Kohler, Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation

Vor diesem Hintergrund beschäftigte sich dieses Wahlfach mit differenzierten Verzahnungen geometrisch individuell geformter Module in Verbindung mit digitalen Fabrikationsmethoden. Die Studenten waren aufgefordert, Methoden und Strategien der Fügung mittels regelbasierter Entwurfssysteme zu untersuchen. Die prototypische Herstellung der Module aus EPS-Schaum erfolgte durch einen robotergestützten Schneideprozess mittels eines Heissdrahtes. On the Bri(n)ck at Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.

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On the Bri(n)ck at Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Rocker of Rocker-Lange Architects and students at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, USA, have used a robot to build an undulating double-wall structure. The robot arm was programmed to place 4,100 wooden bricks to create complex double-curvature walls. The project, called On the Bri(n)ck, was a collaboration between the school's computer-aided design and computer-aided construction departments. The wall is on show at the school until 30 June. Here's some text from Rocker-Lange Architects: "On the Bri-n-k" Professor Ingeborg M.

May 2009, Boston The exhibition currently shown at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, presents a digitally generated and fabricated wall consisting of wooden bricks. 0707.0093v1. Adventures in Stacking. New Scientist published an awesome little article this week about nothing more complex than stacking blocks of wood(subscriber-only)...

Adventures in Stacking

But, oh, how complex that task can be. It's the combinatorial architecture of the well-balanced stack. [Image: The diagrammatic mathematics of a structural experiment by Mike Paterson and Uri Zwick, as reported in New Scientist]. Computer scientists Mike Paterson and Uri Zwick have calculated new shapes and arrangements for the so-called "overhang problem," by which one attempts to stack blocks outward from the edge of a table so that the blocks "overhang" as far as possible (before the stack collapses, or before you and your friends go out for more beer). Strategically speaking, it turns out to be a matter of well-placed gaps, pressures, and weights. [Image: Two abstract stacks by Mike Paterson and Uri Zwick]. [Image: May the force stack with you; diagram by Mike Paterson and Uri Zwick].

The authors advise that [Image: View larger! Refuge, Five Cities on Cool Hunting. 0710.2357v1. Roads to Nowhere: Abandoned, Ruined and Unfinished Bridges. The function of form. Architectural Design in Steel.