The Programmed Column, ETH Zurich, 2009
In the elective course the students were asked to program designs for columns stacked out of bricks. The focus of the course was the equilibrium condition of the structure during the buildup process without additional support and as a consequence the sequence of the brick placement. The physical equilibrium conditions were abstracted into design tools in the form of easy to use programming functions. These functions allowed to work with the requirements that the robot based fabrication of a physical column exhibits already during the digital design process.
The project was conducted in collaboration with the BLOCK Research Group - Assistant chair of Building Structure Philippe Block.
Gramazio & Kohler, Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich
In cooperation with: BLOCK Research Group - Assistant chair of Building Structure Philippe Block
Collaborators: Silvan Oesterle (project lead), Ralph Bärtschi, Mike Lyrenmann
Students: Den Hartog Alexa, Roman Birrer, Nerea Castell, Sebastian Cramer, Jari Fischer, Benjamin Heller, Andreas Kissel, Peter Leibacher, Pierre Levy, Davide Massaro, Claudio Meletta, Stephanie Monney, Luka Piskorec, Stefan Roos, Sarah Schneider, Ben Spicer, Florian Strohmaier, Thomas Summermatter, Rainer Vock
Sponsors: Keller AG Ziegeleien