The idea behind the research on material gesture, is to shift the focus towards the process of working with a material and the unique gestures that it dictates. It seeks to find an expression of architecture as a result of intervening in the process of making.
It all comes down to this: stone is a piece of rock made usable for men – a portion of rock used as building material. The material presence is in multiple sites from the rock formation, the quarry, the building and the village. They all build up to an understanding of all sites in which the material is a constant.
Students: Bejm Pawel, Bugla Paula Marie, Dabrowski Jan Maciej, Deppeler Dominic, Fernandez Vila Roman, Ferraz Xufré Albert, Filser Leo, Gruber Leonce, Gysin Dario, Huber Mara, Jonsson Jökull, Kempf Carmen, Kwon Hyuk Sung, König Nicolas, Li Zhaoye, Lopes Daniel, Lopez Ayala Arturo, Mele Simona, Menoud Pierre, Mu Yuting, Pizzolotto Riccardo, Rohrer Luzia, Sjoqvist Linda, Skorik Anastasia, Wuite Eric, Xu Linquan
Experts: Elias and Yousef Anastas (architect), Pierluigi D’Acunto (structural engineer), Mitul Desai (architect and photographer), Fabio Gramazio (architect), Stefan Heuberger (head of the Georesources Switzerland Group), Aglaia Konrad (artist), Claudio Madonna (lab manager of the Rock Physics and Mechanics Laboratory and senior researcher at ETH Zürich), Mario Monotti (structural engineer and professor of Structural Design at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio), Patrick Ole Ohlbrock (structural engineer), Pia and Sokrates Truffer (head managers of the Truffer AG in Vals)
Team: Anne Holtrop, Stephan Lando, Yuiko Shigeta, Cecilia Marzullo