Graphic statics is a powerful method for the design and analysis of structures that, by using force polygons and simple geometric construction techniques, provides intuitive visual information about the relation between form and forces of a structural system.
The presenters will introduce graphic statics, and show how to combine them with computational tools to gain new insights, discover design methods and explore analysis techniques that are not realisable with conventional finite-element-based approaches.
Through case studies and examples, the presenters will demonstrate the practical relevance and potential of computational graphic statics in contemporary structural design and engineering practice.
About the speakers
Philippe Block is Professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, where he co-directs the Block Research Group (BRG). Research at the BRG focuses on computational form finding, optimisation and construction of curved surface structures, specialising in unreinforced masonry vaults and concrete shells. BRG researchers develop innovative structurally informed bespoke prefabrication strategies and novel construction paradigms employing digital fabrication.
Juney Lee is a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the Block Research Group of ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He has a Master of Architecture and Master of Structural Engineering degrees from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley. His research interests include: graphic statics, computational geometry; algorithmic design and geometry-based structural form-finding methods; and sustainable materials and construction.