MSD Presents: Philippe Block on the Future Master Builder: March 2020, Melbourne

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Melbourne University’s School of Design presents:

Philippe Block (ETH Zurich), innovator in environmentally-conscious construction, making his first appearance at Melbourne Design Week.

About this Event

“What we try to demonstrate with all our prototypes and buildings is that we can achieve amazing things with humble means.”

As construction methods are increasingly understood to be one of the key drivers of climate change, Philippe Block and his team at ETH Zurich are experimenting with new materials, geometry, and digital design and fabrication.

Philippe Block is Professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, where he co-directs the Block Research Group (BRG) together with Dr. Tom Van Mele. He is director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Digital Fabrication, and founding partner of Ochsendorf DeJong & Block (ODB Engineering).

Block studied architecture and structural engineering at the VUB, Belgium, and at MIT, USA, where he earned his PhD in 2009. Research at the BRG focuses on computational form finding, optimisation and construction of curved surface structures, specialising in unreinforced masonry vaults and concrete shells. Within the NCCR, BRG researchers develop innovative structurally informed bespoke prefabrication strategies and novel construction paradigms employing digital fabrication. With the BRG and ODB Engineering, Block applies his research into practice on the structural assessment of historic monuments in unreinforced masonry and the design and engineering of novel shell structures.

This event is made possible by the Treseder Fellowship.

This is a free event. To register click here.

Date And Time

Mon., 16 March 2020

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm AEDT

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