School of Architecture and Civil Engineering

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Structures such as trusses, frames, arches, plates, panes, shells and cable nets are important elements in building and bridge construction. Calculation methods are required from the design to the implementation planning in order to determine the stresses on the components, to analyze the load-bearing behavior and ultimately to plan safe and resource-saving structures. For many supporting structures, a static analysis is not sufficient, but the dynamics of the supporting structures are an important aspect, such as in earthquakes, wind and person-induced vibrations and shocks. Meaningful and resource-saving supporting structures are only possible if future architects and civil engineers can understand their load-bearing behavior and use them correctly. The calculation software available today requires an in-depth understanding of the calculation methods and methods for checking plausibility. The classic methods of structural analysis, such as the force and displacement methods, help with this. The team in the teaching and research area teaches the basics of structural theory and a variety of methods for calculating supporting structures.

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As part of our interdisciplinary courses "Special Chapter of Planning Methodology" (Bachelor) and "Computational Design" (Master) we have tested methods of designing lattice shells. Our goal is now to apply this knowledge in practice, i.e. to build high-quality pavilions in lattice shell construction with you. While you learn methods for digital fabrication (with Grasshopper, etc.) in the seminar, you work in teams on various topics for digital planning in order to incorporate them into the construction of a pavilion on the Haspel campus at the end of the semester. In addition to a series of lectures, the methodology for parametric design and planning is taught in the seminar. You can expect an introduction to the tools: Rhino, Grasshopper and Karamba. You can find more information in our flyer.

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