Thesis Elective

The thesis elective offers the students opportunity to research a topic within the realm of sustainable building design.

The thesis entitles for 6 credits and requires 4-5 weeks of work-time. The evaluation is based on a written report and a final presentation. The topic can be either picked from the list of topics here below or adapted/proposed by the student on that base. The list of topics is continuously updated. Interested students should contact the related tutor for further information and discussions on the topic. In the case of a self-proposed topic you have first to submit to the concerned tutor an outline of one page explaining your topic proposal (subject, goal, methods, deliverables, etc.).

Proposed Topics:

> Architectural concepts for a vision of a CO2 neutral city in Switzerland - Glatt Part II
(tutors: Anja Willmann and Arno Schlüter - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Addressing the question: How does a CO2 neutral Swiss city look like?, the urban vision of the designated city of Glatt will be completed by an autarkic energy strategy. Based on the findings of the Glatt project (Glatt! Eine Stadt im Werden) and an thorough potential analysis of local renewable energy supply, the urban design will be complemented with architectural strategies to integrate the required amount of energy supply technologies and storage into the cityscape. How will the cityscape change if we achieve our goals to match the energy demand of a city solely by local renewables? How do we integrate heat and power storage in an appealing way into our cities? What kind of concepts are able to contribute to a smart city?
   

> Inducity Summerschool / Campus - Energy concept
(tutors: Anja Willmann and Sasha Cisar - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Regarding the Inducity Summerschool, the campus scenario is based on an energy strategy that would be able to supply the city quarter with a surplus of heat by factor 4 but a deficit of electricity of 30%. Hence, the energy concept has to be redesigned to fit the demand. Subsequently, as urban concept and energy supply are interdependent in this scenario, architectural impact and urban design have to be reconsidered. 


> Visualization of urban energy concepts
(tutors: Anja Willmann and Sasha Cisar - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

For both scenarios of the Inducity summerschool the architectural implementation based on the combination of urban and energy potentials, have to be designed more in detail and visualized in terms of high quality images and / or architectural sketches



Ongoing Topics:


> Inducity Summerschool / Urban Condensator - The urban block as an energy cluster
(tutors: Anja Willmann and Sasha Cisar - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Based on the work of the Inducity Summerschool, the urban condensator scenario established a regulation framework as a tool box for urban energy design. Within this framework, the urban block functions as an autarkic energy cluster. The next step requires to transfer this framework into architecture. Prototypes of these urban blocks have to be developed taking into account environmental design factors like daylight and natural ventilation, on one hand creating a very local identity but on the other hand deriving a transferrable methodology. Furthermore, the maximum possible volume of such an urban block can be identified.



Visual Explorations on the Urban Architecture of Tomorrow

Student: Doan T.D. Tom, Tutors: Michele Leidi and Dino Rossi.
This Thesis Elective regarded a visual research on how new environmental design processes and new envelope technologies could impact future Urban Architecture. The student has been briefed on new environmental analysis methods, new adaptive envelope technologies, and new conceptual design methodologies recently developed at SuAT and other research institutes. On the base of these functional developments the student has been free to reason, in a visionary perspective, on the integration of such innovations combining them with other urban elements such as sustainability, density, connectivity, liveability, etc. The focus had to be put on the synthesis of new concepts of urban architecture and neighborhoods. The result of the Thesis Elective was a documentation of the conceptual design experiments developed by the student including explanations on the implemented strategies, important references and, in particular, strong visualizations able to carry the meaning of the developed concepts. More info:
http://suat.arch.ethz.ch/en/research/posip

Image: Doan T.D. Tom

 

contact:
Michele Leidi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Architecture & Sustainable Building Technologies

 

Sustainable renovation strategies for Edinburgh’s listed Georgian New Town houses

The 18th and early 19th century sandstone houses of Edinburgh’s New Town are a distinctive architectural typology, enjoying worldwide renown as part of the striking and unique architecture and urban fabric of Edinburgh’s New Town World Heritage Site. While these buildings are robust and adaptable, they are also energetically extremely inefficient and have in many cases become difficult to inhabit comfortably and economically. As these buildings are listed, little can be done to alter them, both internally and externally. For this reason they are often seen as a ‘lost cause’ in terms of energy use. Certainly, energy efficiency is only possible here up to a point. The buildings possess great value, however, not only in architectural and cultural terms, but also in terms of their un-tapped ability to exploit new strategies and approaches to low-energy/low-exergy renovation. Using a typical New Town house built in 1804 as an example, this project looks at the specific energy ‚Problematik’ of the New Town house, suggesting potential strategies for its sustainable and, crucially, minimum visual impact renovation. The homogeneity of the New Town typology makes this a perfect opportunity for exploring strategies that could be rolled out on a wider scale within Edinburgh.

Image: New Town facade, built 1804; New Town streetscape (Images: N. Shea)

 

contact:
Arno Schlueter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Architecture & Sustainable Building Technologies

 

Glattalstudie

Basierend auf der Fragestellung zur räumlichen Zersiedelung der Schweiz hat die Gruppe Krokodil, bestehend aus 6 namhaften jungen Architekturbüros aus Zürich, eine Vision des Heranwachsens einer Grossstadt mit ca. 400'000 Einwohnern im Glattal aus den bestehenden Gemeinden entwickelt.

Vor diesem Hintergrund wurde im Rahmen der Wahlfacharbeit der potentielle Energieverbrauch der Gebäude einer solchen Glattalstadt berechnet. Anhand einer umfassenden Analyse sowohl der bestehenden Energieversorgung als auch der Potentiale erneuerbarer Energiequellen wurden verschiedene Szenarien erarbeitet. Zum einen liegt die Wiederverwendung der bestehenden Versorgungsstruktur nahe. Innerhalb dieser Megastruktur würden sich lediglich die Energiequellen hin zu erneuerbaren Energien verschieben. Dem entgegen steht eine dezentrale, sehr lokal geprägte Energieversorgung, entsprechend den räumlich begrenzten, identifizierten Potentialen.

Images: Student Benjamin Heller

 

contact:
Arno Schlueter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Architecture & Sustainable Building Technologies