Graphic Statics: white-box structural design

ETH / Prof. Dr. Philippe Block

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. In this session, graphic statics will be introduced, and shown how to combine the ancient technique 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 practical relevance and potential of computational graphic statics in contemporary structural design and engineering practice will be demonstrated.


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