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Staff and students go international for Zurich workshop

UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 24 SEPTEMBER 2015
Staff and students go international for Zurich workshop

Staff and students from Birmingham School of Architecture and Design participated in an international workshop entitled ‘Re-domesticising steel’ in the Swiss construction industry, set in Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

The workshop, set up by ZHAW School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering, on behalf of the Swiss Steel Centre, took place between August 29 and September 6.

Two members of staff, Professor Christian Frost and Leading Lecturer Alessandro Columbano, and six MArch (RIBA Part 2) students were invited to participate alongside 4 other universities:

  • University de Minho, Portugal
  • University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • UPC ETSAB, Barcelona
  • ZHAW, Switzerland

Professor Christian Frost, Lecturer at Birmingham School of Architecture and Design said:

The event explored how the usage of steel in residential architecture can become more prevalent in Switzerland – a region where, traditionally, concrete has been the main construction material.

Staff made presentations highlighting the use of steel in a British context and the students participated in research projects investigating exemplary architectural case studies prior to proposing innovative design strategies, which utilised steel construction to enhance building performance.

The resulting projects will be released in a publication, led by ZHAW. Birmingham School of Architecture and Design aims to continue its collaborative relationship with ZHAW and SZS in order to build on the findings of the workshop and further explore the use of steel in international contexts.

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