Zernez Energia 2020 - Project Website and Exhibition Opening
On Monday, 21st of July, the exhibition of the research project 'Zernez Energia 2020' will open in Zernez. Please find more details as well as project description (in german) on the new project website zernezenergia2020.ch.
An article by Arno Schlueter on the project at ETH Zukunftsblog (in German) can be found here: ETH Zukunftsblog
(Image source: Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zürich)
Internship/master thesis: evaluation of novel ventilation systems in Singapore
The Low Exergy Module of the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) Future Cities Laboratory, a research institute of ETH Zürich located in Singapore, seeks a student for an applied research project in the field of novel high-performance building systems.
The work consists of laboratory measurements of a novel type of distributed ventilation system, and its elements, in collaboration with researchers of the Low Exergy Module.
PhD Position: "Sensing and Controls of Decentralized Building Systems"
The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) in Singapore is looking for an excellent doctoral candidate to undertake research towards the development of novel control strategies for advanced building systems. The principal role of the successful candidate will be to research, develop, implement, and validate new control strategies at the "3-for-2" installation using a wireless sensor network.
Prof. Schlueter appointed Full Professor of Architecture & Building Systems
'Professor Arno Schlueter, currently Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich, has been appointed as Full Professor of Architecture and Building Systems. Arno Schlueter researches the interactions between energy/building technology and architecture, from new building system components through to urban districts. He thus captures the potential for more efficient energy usage and enables renewable sources of energy to be harnessed at local level. Arno Schlueters work strengthens the increasingly important bridge between technology and architecture. His familiarity with all the relevant standards – from technological details through to the urban level – together with his scientific and industrial network make him an extremely valuable member of the Department of Architecture.'
Official announcement of the ETH Rat
Immediate opening for 2 PhD Students (or 1 PostDoc)
SuAT has immediate openings in the field of Building Systems Integrated Photovoltaics (BSIPV) and DC Networks. The tasks are part of the Swiss competence center for energy research (SCCER) and will focus on demand, supply and storage of PV generated electricity in a hybrid DC/AC house network. More details and how to apply.
Results of the Workshop 'Sun, Air and the City' exhibited at CAADRIA
An installation with a video of the workshop process and an urban model of the results has been exhibited at the Kyoto Institute of Technology during the CAADRIA conference from the 14 to the 17 May.
SuAT part of the Swiss Competence Centers in Energy Research (SCCER)
The SCCER Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts (FEEB&D) develops new materials, components, systems and concepts which will enable the reduction of the energy demand of the Swiss building stock by a factor of five during the next decades. FEEB&D is focusing on high performance insulation materials, integra- tion of renewable energies in buildings, efficient operation of buildings and their integration into local multi- energy grids. To complete the holistic approach, socio-economic issues related to the implementation of these new concepts in practice are addressed as well. To reach these ambitious goals, the major players from academia and industry have teamed up in FEEB&D. This coordinated effort will support the new Federal Energy Policy, strengthen the Swiss research scene and foster the competitiveness of Swiss industry.
More information on SCCER FEEB&D can be found here.
Call for engineering disciplines Summer School Avenues in the tropics
This summer, a selected group of highly motivated Engineering students will team up with Architecture and Environmental sciences students to plan the future development of one of the central avenues of Barranquilla (Colombia). The team will work in an intensive cross-cultural setting and develop infrastructural solutions in a complex, real-life context with local practitioners and stakeholders.Engineering students will be guided through the analysis and evaluation of infrastructure for water, energy and transportation systems, and its translation into solutions for the development of an urban area. The summer school will provide the engineering student with a general understanding of characteristics vectors of supply and demand in cities and the capacity to integrate sustainable infrastructural prototypes in cooperation with an interdisciplinary team.
For more information:
'Sun, Air and the City', workshop at the CAADRIA Conference in Kyoto
Physical proprieties of a building site such as solar radiation, air flows, and visibilities are key factors to achieve human comfort and an efficient employment of technologies.
During 12-13 May we are proposing a hands-in workshop on a new conceptual design methodology entitled Volumetric Site Analysis.
Design Performance Viewer SuAT Edition released
The Design Performance Viewer is an add-in to Autodesk Revit 2014 that provides a simple workflow for dynamic simulation of the early design phase of buildings using the EnergyPlus simulation engine. This is an example application of the Design Performance Framework. The Design Performance Viewer installer includes a template with predefined constructions and materials to streamline the creation of valid models. Read the user manual for more information on the capabilities of the DPV.
Guest Lecture: 'Energy Informatics and the Status of Sustainable Building Design in the USA'
Dr. Thomas Lawrence from the University of Georgia will be visiting SuAT to give a public lecture that will take place at the ETH Zurich Hönggerberg Campus, Building HIL Room 67.1, on November 25, 2014 at 12:00-13:00.
Soft Robotics for Architects Seminar Week documentation now online
Online documentation of the Soft Robotics for Architects* Fall 2013 Seminar Week is now available online. Please visit: srfa2013.wordpress.com
Guest Lecture by Prof. Dr. Robert Shepherd
We are happy to announce that Prof. Dr. Robert Shepherd will give a presentation titled "The Material Science of Soft Actuators" as part of our Soft Robotics for Architects* Seminar Week.
Dr. Shepherd is director of the Shepherd Laboratory in the Sibely School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University (USA).
NEST Hilo auf DETAIL Online
'Leicht und lernfähig: Schweizer Forschungslabor für künftiges Leben und Arbeiten'
Artikel auf DETAIL Online
HiLo Research & Innovation Unit for NEST
Together with Block Research Group of ETH Zurich, Supermanoeuvre Architects and external collaborators, SuAT is developing HiLo - a research & innovation unit for NEST in the domains of ultra-lightweight construction and smart and adaptive building systems, to be built in 2015.
NEST HiLo (top level corner) (Image: Gramazio & Kohler)
bubbleZERO: New facades and Paper in 'Energies' Journal
Two milestones achieved at our Module 1 at the Future Cities Lab Singapore: our transportable research lab for efficient building technologies in the tropics, the bubbleZERO has a new facades to testbed the integration of components as well as facade design options. Also, a comprehensive paper describing the design, setup and first successful experiments has been published in the open-access journal 'Energies': BubbleZERO: Design, Construction and Operation of a Transportable Research Laboratory for Low Exergy Building System Evaluation in the Tropics
bubbleZERO research lab in Singapore
Seminar Week Fall 2013 - Soft Robotics for Architects*
Our Fall 2013 Seminar Week Soft Robotics For Architects* will take place October 21-25, 2013. More information can be found here.
New Thesis Elective topics
The thesis elective offers the students opportunity to research a topic within the realm of sustainable building design. More information and a list of proposed topics can be found here.
'Exploring Urban Space' featured in the IJAC
Our paper entitled 'Exploring Urban Space - Volumetric Site Analysis for Conceptual Design in the Urban Context' has been recently published in the 'form[in]formation' issue of the 'International Journal of Architectural Computing'. You can get a taste of the article viewing the related video. More information and resources can be found on the PoSiP project website.
Identification of Volumes according to specific investigation criteria
Torre David Exhibition @ Aedes Gallery, Berlin
The exhibition 'TORRE DAVID - Informal Vertical Communities' by Urban-Think Tank (UTT) with project contributions from SuAT opens on July 12 at the AEDES Gallery, Berlin.
> more information on the exhibition
> more information on the project and the SuAT contribution