Joseph Schwartz: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Name Prof. Dr. Joseph Schwartz
FieldTragwerksentwurf
Consultation hoursBy appointment
Address
Inst. f. Technologie in der Arch.
ETH Zürich, HIB E 12
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 1
8093 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 633 28 67
E-mailschwartz@arch.ethz.ch
DepartmentArchitecture
RelationshipFull Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
051-1224-21LIntegrated Discipline Structural Design Information Restricted registration - show details
Registration in mystudies and per email to the chair is compulsory by latest the end of the 3rd semester week.
3 credits2UJ. Schwartz
AbstractThis part of the curriculum addresses design work in different areas of architecture and urbanism and integrates the knowledge acquired in previous years. It involves the active participation of specialists from building structur
ObjectiveUnderstanding of the importance of the structural system for architectural design and integration of structural thinking into the design process.
ContentThis part of the curriculum addresses design work in different areas of architecture and urbanism and integrates the knowledge acquired in previous years. It involves the active participation of specialists from building structur
Prerequisites / NoticeRegistration in mystudies and per email to the chair is compulsory by latest the end of the 3rd semester week.
052-0604-00LStructural Design II Information 2 credits3GP. Block, J. Schwartz
AbstractDetermination of internal forces and description of structural behaviour of mixed arches and cable structures, of truss systems, beams, slabs, panels and frames using method of graphical statics as well as dimensioning of these structural systems. Structural behaviour of columns. Discussion of reference buildings and illustration of interplay of structural system and architectural intention.
ObjectiveAwareness of the most important structural systems. Understanding of the interplay of load and form. Estimation of the inner forces and dimensioning of elements.
ContentAfter a general introduction of basic concepts, structural systems such as cable and arch structures will be analyzed with the help of graphic statics. The students will learn to understand the flow of forces in a structural system in relation to the system's form. They will be able to modify this force flow and give dimension to the structural components.

All concepts, approaches and methods will be introduced in the weekly lectures and practiced in subsequent exercises.
Lecture noteson eQuilibrium
"Skript Tragwerksentwurf I/II"
https://block.arch.ethz.ch/eq/course/45?lang=en

A printed version can be bought at the chair of Structural Design Prof. Schwartz for sFr. 55.-.
Literature"Faustformel Tragwerksentwurf"
(Philippe Block, Christoph Gengangel, Stefan Peters,
DVA Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt 2013, ISBN: 978-3-421-03904-0)

Weiteres Lernmaterial:
"Form and Forces: Designing Efficient, Expressive Structures"
(Edward Allen, Waclaw Zalewski, October 2009, ISBN: 978-0-470-17465-4)

"The art of structures, Introduction to the functioning of structures in architecture"
(Aurelio Muttoni, EPFL Press, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0415610292, ISBN-10: 041561029X)
052-0608-00LStructural Design IV Information 2 credits3GJ. Schwartz, P. Block
AbstractIn Structural Design IV, students will apply the knowledge gained during the courses Structural Design I, II and III in a semester-long design project.
ObjectiveAt the conclusion of Structural Design IV, the students will be able to:
- design structures creatively.
- identify the relationships between architectural concept, structural form, internal forces and building materials.
- effectuate the transition from architectural concept to structural idea.
- use graphic statics in a design-oriented manner.
- generate structural forms beyond known structural typologies.
- explore spatial equilibrium by means of physical models.
ContentThe course begins with a series of lectures in which built projects with a succesful integration between architecture and structure are presented. After, the students, in groups of four, design the structure of an architectural project using graphic statics and physical models. The development of the design proposal is supported during table critics and its evolution is assessed in intermediate submissions. At the end of the semester, all projects are reviewed by structural engineers, structural designers and architects.
Lecture noteson eQuilibrium
"Skript Tragwerksentwurf I/II/III/IV"
http://www.block.arch.ethz.ch/eq/course/4?lang=en

Printed versions can be bought at the chair of Structural Design Prof. Schwartz.
Literature- "The art of structures, Introduction to the functioning of structures in architecture"
(Aurelio Muttoni, EPFL Press, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0415610292, ISBN-10: 041561029X)

- "Faustformel Tragwerksentwurf"
(Philippe Block, Christoph Gengangel, Stefan Peters,
DVA Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt 2013, ISBN: 978-3-421-03904-0)

- "Form and Forces: Designing Efficient, Expressive Structures"
(Edward Allen, Waclaw Zalewski, October 2009, ISBN: 978-0-470-17465-4)
Prerequisites / NoticeTo take part in this course, it is recommended to first complete the courses Structural Design I, II and III or to have knowledge of graphic statics.
052-0634-21LForce, Material, Form: Exploring Interdisciplinary Design Information
ITA Pool information event on the offered courses:
10.2.2021, 10-11 h, ONLINE, VideoZoom Link: https://ethz.zoom.us/s/92856146358
3 credits3GJ. Schwartz
AbstractThis course is aimed at students of architecture and civil engineering from the 5th semester Bachelor or higher, who wish to practice and explore the design of structures in interdisciplinary groups. In the interplay between application and theory, the students design small structural objects in interdisciplinary teams and then investigate group dynamics relevant to design.
ObjectiveStudents learn to work in an interdisciplinary group of architecture and civil engineering students on the basis of the design of small structural objects. Through observation, reflection and theoretical examination, characteristic group dynamics are to be identified and possible behavioural effects are to be investigated. The following questions are central: How can interdisciplinary groups develop high-quality innovative structures? What are the decisive processes in such cooperation? How are interdisciplinary ideas developed and decisions made? Which roles are occupied by whom and how does this distribution of roles affect the structural design?
ContentStructural design is connected with the interdisciplinary negotiation of technical-constructive framework conditions on the basis of creative-spatial ideas. This field of tension between strength, material and form requires a fruitful exchange between architects and civil engineers. The course prepares students for this interdisciplinary working environment by practising and analysing the ability to work creatively with people from different disciplines. Within the framework of the design of small structural objects, tools for observation, reflection and theoretical examination are imparted, with which students can explore design-relevant group dynamics as well as behaviour and thought patterns in interdisciplinary work processes. Three thematic areas will be focussed on: The process of designing, working out approaches to solutions and understanding the roles of the individual group members. Each of these topics is dealt with in three stages:
1. an introduction to the theoretical foundations of the respective topic through input from the lecturers, guest lectures from experts and/or an excursion.
2. design of small structural objects in interdisciplinary groups with self-observation or external observation of the group dynamics relevant to the design.
3. analysis and presentation of the findings from the group observation.
The methodology of the course aims to combine theory and practice in an instructive, practical and entertaining way. The personal experiences and interests of the students in exploring the interdisciplinary design and construction of structural objects are the focus of this course.
LiteratureLiterature with text extracts from specialist books relevant to the topics of the lecture will be presented and made available during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeA regular and active participation in the lessons is assumed (maximum 2 absences). A repetition is only possible if the course unit is enrolled again. This course is aimed at students of the architecture and civil engineering departments from the 5th semester Bachelor or higher.

ITA Pool information event on the offered courses:
10.2.2021, 10-11 h, ONLINE, VideoZoom Link:
https://ethz.zoom.us/s/92856146358
063-0416-21LForce, Material, Form: History of Structural Design (Thesis Elective) Information Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
6 credits13AJ. Schwartz
AbstractBased on the content of the elective lecture, students decide with the docent on a topic to be examined individually. The examination of this topic is supervised by the docent and conducted as an elective project.
ObjectiveWithin three elective courses the students need to fulfill an elective work (seminar work). Elective works serve the independent way of dealing with the contents of the according elective course.
063-0418-00LArchitecture and Building Structure (FS) Information
Does not take place this semester.
This core course (ends with «00L») can only be passed once! Please check this before signing up.
3 credits2UJ. Schwartz
Abstract
Objective