Avenues in the Tropics: A Transdisciplinary Summer School
4 ECTS | 25 June – 11 July 2014
This summer, students of architecture, engineering and environmental sciences will team up to explore the requisites of sustainable urban development in Barranquilla (Colombia). The team will work in an intensive cross-cultural setting and develop solutions in a complex, real-life context with local practitioners and stakeholders. In cooperation with different professorships at ETH and at the Universidad del Norte, SuAT will be supporting this highly motivated group in the field of sustainable infrastructure.
For more information and applications:
'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. Interested students, academics and professionals are invited to subscribe here before the 20 March. More on the Workshop description and the PoSiP project.
3 Open Positions for the Adaptive Solar Facade Project, Zurich
We have three immediate openings for research assistants / PhD candidates to integrate our adaptive solar facade into buildings.
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.
4 Open Positions at our Module at the Future Cities Lab, Singapore
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
'The House of Seasons' at the competition 'Next Generation Sustainable House'
For the second year a SuAT students team was invited to the international university architectural competition 'Next Generation Sustainable House' in Japan. This year the students had to develop the design of a 'Retreat in Nature' for a site in Taiki-Cho, Hokkaido, Japan. Our congratulations to the team of the Harvard University who won this year's final against the teams of TU Delft and NU Singapore.
How do renewable energy supply strategies influence urban form?
3rd Prize at the Student Competition at he 4th International Holcim Forum, Mumbai
Congratulations to Kian Wee Chen and Marcel Brülisauer of our Future Cities Lab Module, Singapore for the 3rd Prize at the Student Competition at the 4th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction, Mumbai. The prize was awarded for the poster presentation 'Beyond Efficiency', describing a novel integrated design approach for highly sustainable buildings in the tropical climate under research at our Future Cities Lab Module, Singapore.
More information and poster: 4th International Holcim Forum, student competition
ASL to present at Workshop on Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation
Our research on the integration of the soft actuators into architectural applications has been accepted for oral presentation at the International Workshop on Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation in July 2013. More on the Adaptive Systems Lab (ASL) here.
'Torre David - Informal Vertical Communities' selected 'Book of the Year 2012' Financial Times
The book ' Torre David - Informal Vertical Communities', edited by Urban Think Tank and with a chapter contribution by SuAT has been selected among the 'Best Books 2012 - Architecture and Design' by the Financial Times. Read more.