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EAST – Laboratory, EPFL Lausanne (eds.)

Mass Made Units

Studies on Assemblies

Book design: Omnigroup, Lausanne
96 pages, ca. 60 images, 17,1 × 24 cm, softcover with linen cover

Euro [D] 29.–, Euro [A] 29.90


ISBN 978-3-03863-084-5

CHF   29.00

• Provides knowledge on solid construction methods in serial and elemental production – from a general thematic overview to exemplary projects

• Clear and comprehensible using case studies

• Highly topical: solid construction is gaining in importance with regard to durable, low-maintenance constructions

In light of increased demands for resource-saving, long-lasting, and low-maintenance buildings, the potential of solid construction methods is coming back into focus. This publication takes a closer look at building with solid, serially produced components and elements using various construction methods and solutions, discussing both the joining of elements and components as well as the structure of the building itself. Each element is examined with regard to its specific function and its contribution to the wall system.

The publication evaluates traditional and contemporary design and manufacturing techniques and promotes responsible approaches to the future use of materials and modular elementary systems. Thus, the book is a perfect reference work for architects and students.

The first part of the book includes contributions discussing a variety of topics, from reflections on state-of-the-art developments to experimental building practices along with applications of building materials such as unfired clay bricks, the use of different stone dimensions and the role of solid building envelopes. These different findings are illustrated using examples of brick buildings from the Ghent and Leuven region in Belgium and the use of solid stone blocks in a residential building project in Geneva, expanding our understanding of elemental masonry construction. The second part of the book features selected architectural works analyzed by students from the EAST design studio. This graphical study of exemplary projects offers an instructive overview of the constructive and climatic connections of the case studies.

About the editors

EAST – Laboratory of Elementary Architecture and Studies of Types, EPFL Lausanne
While the function of a building may change over time, its architecture remains. In lessons, EAST examines the aspects of construction that determine the use, morphology, and spatial structure of buildings. The history and change of these aspects serve as a basis for analyzing the design of new buildings as well as for reusing and transforming existing buildings. Urban settlements are thus a laboratory for architectural ideas, which are further developed using the technical means and spatial concepts of our time. The joint project work in the studio space facilitates a continuous discussion of different design approaches and helps the students to develop their own ideas.

Team: Anja Fröhlich, Martin Fröhlich, Tiago P. Borges, Vanessa Pointet, Lara Monti, Clemens Waldhart, Maria Sivers

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