Gramazio Kohler Research
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Architectural Design V-IX AS
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Core Course SS
Basic Course AS/SS
Architectural Design V-IX SS
Elective Course SS
Architectural Design V-IX AS
Elective Course AS
Core Course AS
Seminar Week AS
Elective Course SS
Subject Specialisation SS
Computational Design III-IV
Architectural Design V-IX SS
Seminar Week FS
Core Course AS
Architectural Design V-IX AS
Elective course HS22
Seminar Week AS
MAS DFAB: Eggshell Pavilion
Core Course SS
Seminar Week SS
Core Course AS
Seminar Week AS
Workshop USA
Core Course SS
Core Course AS
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations II
Core Course SS
Seminar Week SS
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations (Rio)
Core Course AS
Robotic Landscapes III
MAS DFAB: Up Sticks
Seminar Week AS19
Core Course SS
Seminar Week SS
Core Course AS
Architectural Design V-IX AS
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations
Zero-Waste Geometry
Seminar Week AS
ROB|ARCH 2018 Workshop
MAS DFAB: Gradual Assemblies
Core Course SS
Robotic Landscapes I
Malleable Voxels
MAS DFAB: minijammed
Seminar Week AS
MAS DFAB: Brick Labyrinth
MAS DFAB: Robotic Pavilion
Force-Adaptive Wire Cutting
Spatial Extrusions 2
Spatial Extrusions
Graded Structures 2
Graded Structures
Robotic Wire Cutting Summerschool
Spatial Wire Cutting
Extruded Structures
Remote Material Deposition Installation
Remote Material Deposition
Depth Modulations 2
Design of Robotic Fabricated High Rises 2
Depth Modulations
Complex Timber Structures 2
Complex Timber Structures 1
Robotic Metal Aggregations
Shifted Frames 2
Design of Robotic Fabricated High Rises 1
Shifted Frames 1
Spatial Aggregations 2
Spatial Aggregations 1
Robotic Clay Molding
The Fragile Structure 2
The Fragile Structure 1
Procedural Landscapes 2
Procedural Landscapes 1
Seminar Week
The Interlocking 2
The Interlocking 1
The Sequential Structure 2
The Sequential Structure 1
Explicit Bricks
The Programmed Column 2
The Programmed Column 1
Open Air Theater
Voxels 2
Voxels 1
The Opening 2
The Opening 1
The Sequential Wall 2
The Sequential Wall 1
The Foam
The Resolution Wall
Construction Hoarding
The Dissolved Wall
Domoterra Lounge
The Perforated Wall 2
The Perforated Wall 1
The Programmed Wall
The Oblique Hole

Procedural Landscapes 2, ETH Zurich, 2011
Elective course
State of the art technology in the field of non-standard concrete formwork is largely based on subtractive and waste intensive fabrication methods. These methods prove very efficient for a large scale production of identical parts. An efficient and sustainable fabrication of individual parts demands for the development of new formwork strategies. This teaching project proposes the use of granular materials such as sand as a reusable molding material to fabricate unique building elements in concrete with a minimum of waste resulting from the formwork. The analysis of the self-organizational properties of the material and the subsequent extraction of design parameters allows to precisely control the material aggregations and exploit this process for digital design and fabrication.

In a 4 week workshop, the students were challenged to design a concrete retaining wall along the Rhein river in Basel. To verify and test the concepts, 3 individual prototypes of a size of 1m x 2m were fabricated on the professorships robotic fabrication unit. The project was conducted in collaboration with Prof. Christophe Girot (ILA) and Yael Girot (Atelier Girot).

Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

In cooperation with: Prof. Girot, ILA und Yael Girot, Atelier Girot
Collaborators: Michael Knauß (project lead), Axel Vansteenkiste
Students: Tobias Abegg, Mihir Bedekar, Daria Blaschkiewitz, Hernan Garcia, Jitesh Mewada, Luka Piskorec, Ho Kan Wong
Selected experts: Prof. Dr. Robert Flatt, Heinz Richner (IfB ETHZ)
Sponsors: Sika AG

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