PENS-201 / 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 ENAC week provides students the possibility to engage into an iterative process of testing and exploring structural and material limits and possibilities through the collaborative design and construction of structural elements in folded steel. The ENAC week will take place at EPFL Fribourg.



sustainable construction, knowledge transfer, pedagogy of making

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Design a structural element
  • Construct a prototype; understand construction as a poetic act
  • Dimension structural and material limits
  • Test research questions through a pedagogy of making

Teaching methods

Working at a 1:1 scale encourages an inductive and iterative testing, based on constant observation of material properties and structural logic. The so conceived and built prototypes will explore structural and material limits as well as spatial quality and economy of means.


Expected student activities


1.       Introduction: This exchange will introduce the students to the methodology of the week and to the work of the french constructeur Jean Prouvé.

2.       Fabrication: Students will work in interdisciplinary groups. The 1:1 fabrication will occupy the largest part of the students time and energy: in bringing together students from the different ENAC sections, this opportunity to design, test and build a 1:1 structure offers a unique chance to directly experience ways of thinking, working together, and making. The human exchanges engendered by the project could test the disciplinary boundaries that sometimes prevent students from exploring, on both a personal and intellectual level, the other sections within the school. The 1:1 fabrication also confronts students with the power of scientific discovery through the observation of nature; forces, materials, behavior and failure become a direct vehicle for learning.

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, team work, flexibility within different roles);
  • engagement (participation, initiative, responsibility)



Others The faculty team will be with the students on a continual basis throughout the workshop period.



Selected Readings

Cruz Prieto, F. (1993). De l'observation, Vina del mar: Inéditos.

Billington, D. P. (1985). The tower and the bridge: the new art of structural engineering. Princeton University Press.

Jean Prouvé  La poétique de l'objet technique, Vitra Design Museum, 2006

Peter Sulzer: Jean Prouvé, Oevre complete / Complete Works Vol. 2-4, Birkhäuser, 2000-2008

Jean Prouvé  La Maison tropicale / The Tropical House, Editions du Centre Pompidou, 2009


Ressources en bibliothèque

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Printemps
  • Forme de l'examen: Pendant le semestre (session d'été)
  • Matière examinée: Making structural logic
  • Cours: 4 Heure(s)
  • Exercices: 22 Heure(s)
  • Projet: 22 Heure(s)

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