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Special Sessions:

 On the Tectonics in Architecture between Aesthetics and Ethics

  

   
Patrizia Trovalusci
University of Rome ‘La Sapienza'
Italy
 Enzo Siviero
University IUAV of Venice
Italy


Following the successful experiences of two earlier editions, within ICSA (2010, 2013), the TAAE symposium expects to bring together architects, engineers and mathematicians from all over the world, to give an heterogeneous look on the aspects of the art of building, focusing the attention on the relations among mechanics, mathematics, structural and architectural design. Although not limited to these topics, the content of sessions will emphasise the following themes: theoretical issues concerning tectonics in architecture, calculus and algorithms in architecture, different approaches to ‘complexity‘. The symposium will also discuss developments concerning the importance of the Vitruvean firmitas, pointing out the risks arising when the structural instances are neglected.   


Performance Aided/Assisted Design (PAD)
Embracing complexity in architectural design. Computational tools and methodologies


 
Dario Parigi
Aalborg University
Department of Civil Engineering
Aalborg, Denmark


Creativity plays a fundamental role in architectural design: Performance Aided Design (PAD) indicates an evolving paradigm in architectural design, in which computational tools are increasingly used to expand the opportunities for creative work when the problems are too complex to be solved purely on designer intuition.

This session investigates the role of computational tools in triggering a synthesis of aesthetics and technical performance, towards a “poetic of performance”, a design approach that aims at including rather than excluding the complexity implicit in the design process, and that uses the complexity as source of inspiration for developing unique and innovative solutions.

The authority of the structure
Reflecting the process of architectural structural design



Mario Rinke
ETH Zurich
Department of Architecture
Zurich, Switzerland


The deeply effective and comprehensive conception of a building structure does not arise for the architecture but along with it. Formal and functional requirements and the need for a robust force flow lead to an exploration of structural possibilities in order to propose a final form serving as both a strong structural framework and a constituting component of architectural space. How can the authoritative necessity of the building structure be developed to serve a specific and strong building character? Rather than showing the finished building this session explores the evolution - the unique process of negotiating forms - as architectural structural design. 

Beyond Disciplines: Building Transdiciplinary Teams


  

James Doerfler
Philadelphia University
         College of Architecture and the Built     Environmental Philadelphia, USA

Kevin Dong
California Polytechnic State University
College of Architecture and
Environmental Design
San Luis Obispo, USA



Transdiciplinarity focuses on the areas between and beyond defined disciplines allowing the emergence of new and broader perspectives to understand complex issues. As architects, engineers and other members of the design team mine the data in complex projects, we see the development of new efficiencies, new materials and new ways of working. The space between disciplines supports innovation. This creates a new system of working that allows unexpected solutions.

In what ways do transdisciplinary experiences help us move beyond discipline boundaries to solve complex real word problems. This session asks; Do transdisciplinary teams enhance projects? By working in a transdisciplinary world, can architects and engineers amplify solutions to complex problems?

                    
 A Building Technology Educators Society supported session.

Teaching Architecture in full scale - wood


    

Jan Siem  
Norwegian Univ. of Sc. and Tech. 
Norway 

Olga Popovic Larsen
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Denmark



Education of architects is often synonymous with focus on digital design and scale modelling. In some institutions there is an emerging practice of incorporating full scale building as an educational tool. By developing their own architectural design and then constructing in full scale the students will, in the process of developing architectural concepts, achieve an increased insight in the inherent properties of materials, structures, workmanship, production and erection of structures, as well as collaboration and communication.

In this session the latest experiences gained in using full scale building as an educational tool will be discussed. Approaches with different aims and results will be presented, and the advantages will be discussed and illustrated with cases. This approach to pedagogic practice and research provides valuable insight into learning and the design process.
 

Teaching Architecture in full scale - regional materials


 

    

Finn Hakonsen 
Norwegian Univ. of Sc. and Tech. 
Norway 

Urs Meister
Universitat Liechenstein
Institu for Architecture and Planning
Liechenstein



Education of architects is often synonymous with focus on digital design and scale modelling in the studio. In some institutions there is an emerging practice of incorporating full scale building as an educational tool. By developing their own architectural design and then constructing in full scale the students will, in the process of developing architectural concepts, achieve an increased insight in the inherent properties of materials, structures, workmanship, production and erection of structures, as well as collaboration and communication.

In this session the most recent experiences gained in using full scale building as an educational tool will be discussed. The studies will discuss the learning from 10 years of Erasmus IP workshop in 7 European countries within the overall theme "Tectonic in building culture" and relate the experiences to the teaching practice of the universities today. Studies with different aims and results will be presented, and the advantages will be discussed and illustrated with cases. This approach to pedagogic practice and research provides valuable insight into learning and the design process.
 

Reinforced Ice Structures: in the footsteps of Da Vinci and Candela


 

  

 

Jan Belis
         Ghent University
Department of Structural Engineering
Ghent, Belgium

Arno Pronk
Eindhoven University of Technology
Department of the Built Environment
Eindhoven, The Netherlands



Based on project experience over the last years, reinforced ice has proven to be a strong and suitable building material for temporary structures in a cold environment. Unlike traditional igloo structures, no stacked blocks are used. Instead, relatively thin shells are created by spraying subsequent thin layers of water mixed with wood-based fibres on inflatable formwork which is removed afterwards. This session is dedicated to full-scale experiments with this type of structures, built recently in Finland by joint international teams of university students and staff. The main focus is on the challenging projects conducted in early 2016, in particular the large reinforced ice structures inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's bridge and Félix Candela's hypar shells.
During the conference, the session will be organised in parallel with a special photo exhibition about the Structural Ice Project.


 
 
 
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