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martedì 29 novembre 2011

Block Research Group

"The BLOCK Research Group has five core areas of research: analysis of vaulted masonry structures, computational form finding and structural optimization, fabrication and construction innovation, appropriate construction technologies, and innovation in teaching and learning. This research project introduces 3D-printed structural models for exploring equilibrium (i.e. bending-free) structures. It will further the fields of safety assessment of historic vaulted structures in unreinforced masonry, and design of novel, but efficient shells out of discrete elements. The project is developing a state-of-the-art testing laboratory at ETHZ for structural testing of complex assemblies of discrete elements using rapid prototyping and digital fabrication technologies."

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