PENS-308 / 4 crédits

Enseignant(s): Baur Raffael, Corres Sojo Enrique, Fernandez-Ordoñez Hernandez David Carlos, Guaita Patricia

Langue: Anglais

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.


The UE Argamassa Armada will develop prototypes of structural elements in textile reinforced concrete (TRC) for the context of social housing in Nicaragua, based on the knowledge of the TRC Prototype Pavilion at EPFL Fribourg, where the UE will take place.



Textile reinforced concrete (TRC), social housing, technological and social innovation, knowledge transfer, interdisciplinarity (architecture and engineering)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Create the conceptual design of social housing
  • Assess / Evaluate the needs for housing in developing countries
  • Design a structural element / system in textile reinforced concrete for a specific social context
  • Construct a formwork system in folded metal
  • Dimension a structural element in textile reinforced concrete
  • Test structural and material limits
  • Assemble the elements to create a shelter

Teaching methods

Work will take place in an atelier format, trough drawing, 1:1 fabrication and collaborative discussions. It will be supported by lectures.

Expected student activities

Students will need to understand and go through the complete process of analysis, conception, execution and testing:

  1. Analysis / understanding of social and technological context
  2. Conceptual design of the architectures of social housing
  3. Conceptual design of the structure and the structural elements
  4. Conception and construction of formwork in folded metal
  5. Placement of textile reinforcement in the formwork
  6. Casting of concrete, unmolding
  7. Erection of the elements to create the structure and shelter building
  8. Scientific protocol of the technical information and functional layout of the element and casting process


Assessment methods

Ongoing evaluation: students will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • ability to work in drawing and 1:1 construction.
  • capacity to use testing as a means of advancing an architectural and structural idea.
  • collaboration (communication, teamwork, flexibility within different roles);
  • Engagement (participation, initiative, responsibility)


Office hours Yes
Assistants No
Forum No



Selected Readings

Cruz Prieto, Fabio: De l observation. Vina del mar: Inéditos, 1993.

De Oliveira, Olivia: L architecture brésilienne sous les projecteurs. L ARCHITECTURE D AUJOURD HUI 396 72-77.

Ekerman, Sergio Kopinski. L œuvre multiforme de Lelé. L ARCHITECTURE D AUJOURD HUI 396 64-71.

Farias, Bruno Fialho; Netsch, Stefan. Die Methode Lelé. BAUWELT 5.14 26-31.

Kaltenbach, Frank. From tradition to Tourist Attraction - Prefabrication in the Timber Construction of the Dong People. DETAIL 6/2012 594-598

Kulas, C: Actual applications and potential textile-reinforced concrete. Solidian GmbH, Germany, GRC 2015.

Segawa, Hugo; Lima Guimaraes; Ana Gabriela. Lelé: le créateur, le constructor, lecontext. LE VISITEUR 14 / 2009 68-84

Serapião, Fernando: Fragments of a Lover s Discourse - Brazilian Architecture and Reinforced Concrete. DETAIL 6/2014 546-554.

Olmos, Susana Acosta; Cordiviola, Chango; Ekerman, Sergio Kopinski: L¿humain au cœur de la fabrique architecturale. L ARCHITECTURE D¿AUJOURD¿HUI 396 52-63.

Schittich, Christian: Prefabrication- High- Tech and Manual Production. DETAIL 6/2012 588-598

Rice, Peter: An Engineer Imagines, Artemis 1994

Ressources en bibliothèque


Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Printemps
  • Forme de l'examen: Pendant le semestre (session d'été)
  • Matière examinée: Argamassa armada
  • Cours: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 12 semaines
  • Projet: 3 Heure(s) hebdo x 12 semaines

Semaine de référence

13-14  AAC006  
14-15  AAC006  

Mercredi, 13h - 14h: Cours AAC006

Mercredi, 14h - 17h: Projet, autre AAC006

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