This is a new lecture series that delves into the planning and construction processes of outstanding architecture and looks at the topic from a technical point of view. It provides a forum for experts who are – often little-noticed by the architecture discourse – working behind the scenes but play a key role for the implementation of innovative architecture.
While the making of cinema blockbusters is well established as a film genre of its own, one hardly learns anything about the genesis of great buildings. Usually in lectures about architecture only the beginning and the end of the design and construction processes are presented: the key design ideas and the completed, impeccably photographed building. In the lecture series The Making of special attention is being paid to the intermediate process. It addresses the challenges of architecture production, trials and errors, research and technical progress.
The series will cover two lectures per semester on average.
House 36 is a crystalline volume of exposed concrete. Both the walls and the roof are made of monolithic insulating concrete and combine the load-bearing structure, the thermal insulation and ...read more
9.10.2019 Knitted Formworks for Complex Concrete Structures Mariana Popescu, Block Research Group, ETH Zürich 14.11.2019 H36, A Monolithic insulating Concrete House, Stuttgart Matthias Bauer, Stuttgart 11.3.2020 MUCEM Marseille, Ultra-High Performance Concrete Romain Ricciotti, Lamoureux & Ricciotti Ingénierie 22.4.2020 Infra-Light Ultra-Structural ...read more
KnitCandela is a thin, sinuous concrete shell built on an ultra-lightweight knitted formwork, jointly designed and developed by Zaha Hadid Architects and Block Research Group (BRG) of ETH Zurich. It ...read more
The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is both a museum and a research centre for desert landscapes and environmental issues, located within the Wildlife Park Resort of Al Ain, UAE. ...read more
Sunny Hills in Aoyama Tokyo is a pineapple cake shop jointly designed and developed by Kengo Kuma and Jun Sato. Its structure is based on the centuries-old Japanese wood craft of Kigumi, a timber framework whose elements interlock like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle... ...read more
The expansion of the Oslo Airport by Nordic Architects includes five pavilions that divide the huge international arrivals hall. They differ in shape and size but share the same structural principle ...read more
The lecture focuses on the materiality of the wall by presenting and exploring some pivotal scenes from BBC's television series "Sherlock" (2010-present). In particular, it analyses how different types of ...read more
This project is a true classic. Completed in 2000, it was a landmark in the evolution of complex steel-glass structures. Although it served as a paradigm for a multitude of ...read more
Zaha Hadid always tried to push the artistic boundaries of architecture, thus challenging engineers and construction companies. One of her last projects, an extension to St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University, ...read more
Aleksandra Anna Apolinarska of Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zürich explains how innovative computational design and manufacturing methods not only change the logistics of timber construction but also lead to novel architectural solutions. ...read more
Goswin Rothenthal, façade engineer and software developer at Waagner-Biro Stahlbau talks about the complex dome structure of Louvre Abu Dhabi (designed by architect Jean Nouvel) and how he optimised the geometry of the multilayer aluminium cladding to manufacturing constraints. ...read more