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Final review photographs up on Flickr

Photographs from the final review have been added to the EPFL Organicités Studios Flickr photostream.

I am Franck. I am French. I am sorry.

Photographs by Trevor Patt.

Model photographs up on Flickr

Photographs of study and final models have been added to the EPFL Organicités Studios Flickr photostream.

All photographs © 2010 Alain Herzog unless otherwise noted.

Pin-up brief added and other announcements

The brief for the feedback systems portion of the course in now up. Please have a look and continue developing your projects in this direction.
Thursday we will have a guest presentation by Andrew Witt of Gehry Technologies, Paris @ 16h00, BC129. We will still meet in the atelier at 13h00 for desk crits, have a sign-up list filled out.
The schedule for the Atelier des Maquettes machines during finals period is out. We have a total of 8 hours on the Zunds and 4 hours on the laser. These sums are divided into half-hour sessions which means that everyone will have at least one slot and the remainder will have to be determined by lottery. More info will be given on Thursday.
Until then, stay busy and post something!

Context model

I’ve added a context model including the topographical ground, adjacent buildings, and existing concrete tower structure. This should be particularly helpful for those of you trying to do sun-related studies but haven’t yet gotten very realistic about the shading effects of the nearby buildings.

Mid-term jurors

Thanks to our excellent jurors:

Another Competition

A new competition was just announced that is also sympathetic with our studio’s aims:

Administered by d3, the competition is entitled “Natural Systems” and is based upon a similar hypothesis as our case study series:

The competition calls for innovative proposals that advance sustainable thought and performance through the study of intrinsic environmental geometries, behaviors, and flows. By identifying, examining, and applying their structural order on form and function- -bottom-up, performance-based solutions for limitless building typologies, functional programs, and material conditions may be realized.

Registration Deadline: July 5, 2010
Submission Deadline: July 15, 2010
Student entries cost USD25.-

Article About Our Site Visit

Our exploits in Greece have been written about by

It is a great honor and pleasure for the fact that a department of architecture has chosen to use the architectural competition as part of the educational process and indeed to participate with many different proposals. This fact shows that the choice of the specific issue overpass the narrow topographic boundaries of Greece and constitutes an object of problematic at a wider level, by promoting simultaneously Athens internationally.

Façade Functions

Possibly of help/interest, from Knaack, U. et al. 2007, Façades: Principles of construction, formatting my own:

Façade functions: A façade must fulfill various requirements

The façade separates the usable interior space from the outside world. Before addressing today’s façade constructions we would like to call to mind the different functions that a façade serves: it defines the architectural appearance of the building, provides views to the inside and outside, absorbs push and pull forces from wind loads, bears its self-weight as well as that of other building components. The façade allows sunlight to penetrate into the building while providing protection from the sun at the same time. It resists the penetration of rainwater and has to handle humidity from within and without. The façade provides insulation against heat, cold and noise and can facilitate energy generation.
Sketch 1 shows the complexity of the requirements to be fulfilled. These requirement need to be considered during all phases of the façade construction: during the conceptual phase, while working on the principles of construction, during detailing and lastly during construction.
Basically we desire a structure that is as simple as possible yet carries out all these functions and is adaptable to changing factors. It should be an adaptive envelope similar to the human skin, fulfilling several functions of the body.

Site Visit Info

Flight Information

03/03 GVA->ATH 11h30 – 15h10 Flybaboo F7 292
Meet either at Lausanne Gare 09h35 or Flybaboo check-in area 10h30.
The check-in desk closes 40 minutes prior to departure. DO NOT BE LATE!
Wait for group before checking in. Nathaniel has all flight confirmations.
Don’t forget identity documents.

07/03 ATH-> GVA 15h55 – 17h50 Flybaboo F7 295

Hotel Information

Athens Backpackers
12 Makri Street
Makryanni Athens
GR 117-42
metro: Acropoli
+30 210 9224044


Map & Addresses

Google Maps with important destinations and addresses:

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Athens Metro Map:

Further Information

Everybody should bring sketching supplies.

Case Study Sign-Up

See the brief here.
Students are to work in small groups of 2-3 to present an organic case study. Please sign-up in the comments below.

WIP presentation 10h15-12h00 Friday 12 March

  • Glass sponge
  • Coral

WIP presentations 10h15-12h00 Friday 19 March

  • Lichen
  • Cape sundew

WIP presentations 10h15-12h00 Friday 26 March

  • Sea cucumber
  • Gecko