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RECIPROCAL FRAMES: Design-build intensive workshop
Workshops at semester(s) 6, 8, ECTS: 3
Taught in: English, Available to ERASMUS students in English.
Cognitive Fields (2005/36/EU): , Architectural Design, History and Theories, Human Needs and the Built Environment, Design Brief, Structural Design, Building Technology.
Generic Competences: Ability to search for, process and analyse information from a variety of sources using the necessary technologies, Ability to make reasoned decisions, Ability to work autonomously, Ability to work in a team, Ability to work in an international context, Capacity to generate new ideas (creativity), Ability to design and manage projects, Commitment to conservation of the environment, Ability to be critical and self-critical , Ability to promote free, creative and inductive thinking.

This workshop is held within the ERASMUS framework and is meant to be part of a series of design-build workshops to take place every year at the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly with the collaboration of instructors/ lecturers/ researchers from the Department of Architecture of ETH-Zurich. 



[Knowledge, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation]

For the academic year 2013-14, the proposed program is built-up on academic exchanges focusing on lightweight structures and exploring related structural systems, construction techniques or fabrication methodologies through a research-by-design methodology.


The course is a week-long intensive design-build workshop. The course objective is the typological, morphological, material and technical investigation of the structural system of “reciprocal frames” and its possible applications in medium-scale architectural constructions for outdoor use. The course aims at the design of a lightweight structure for the campus of the Engineering School of the University of Thessaly and the implementation of a full-scale prototype of a typical unit.


The workshop consists of a) a series of lectures on the theory and history of the structural principle of reciprocity b) an analytical component exploring case-studies and related typologies, c) a design component towards the understanding of basic principles and varying parameters and consequent application into an architectural context by means of study models and d) an implementation phase for the fabrication and assembly of full- or large-scale prototypes. The design outcome is presented in the form of sketches, physical models or full-scale structures, and evaluated by an external jury.

A final phase to present the results of the workshop in the form of an exhibition or publication is expected after the completion of the workshop.


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