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22.01.19: 6th Exhibition of the Colloquium Series, “Brückenbaukultur in Deutschland”


For the second last colloquium of the series, a recent and a discussion-worthy topic was on the agenda. Ralf Schubart from the office of Meyer & Schubart sympathetically rallied for the sealed-hollow box girders, which are standard these days in bridge construction, however, have been recently associated to unfortunate damage of such bridges.

Carbon-Concrete Furniture


During WiSe 17/18, carbon concrete furniture was dimensioned and designed as a part of the module, “Rahmen des Entwurfsseminars” (Seminars on Framework for Design). One of the designs, consisting of a seat and a table, was then built in the SoSe 18 and was exhibited in working area of the student council. For this purpose, the theoretical calculations were first established. This included the analysis of material carbon concrete and planning of the construction including the formwork. At the end of the semester, the furniture was built in the Peter Behrens Hall by the students. The entire creation process has been documented in a book that can be viewed at the following  Link.

08.01.19: 5th Exhibition of the Colloquium Series, “Brückenbaukultur in Deutschland”


In the first exhibition of the New Year, Frank Bernhardt spoke on BIM and more than 80 years of building culture at INROS LACKNER. In the subsequent question and answer session, the practical implementation of BIM in current bridge projects was the main topic of discussion.

27.11.18: 3rd Exhibition of the Colloquium Series, “Brückenbaukultur in Deutschland” (Built-Bridge Culture in Germany)


With the E&K professors Mike Schlaich and Karsten Geißler in audience and a well-filled lecture hall, the third event of the colloquium took place on 27.11.18. Wolfgang Strobl from Schüßler-Plan and Ulrich Castrischer from SSF spoke over the innovative semi-finished parts developed by them, especially for the design of the Rudolf-Wissell bridges.

13.11.18: 2nd Exhibition of the Colloquium Series, “Brückenbaukultur in Deutschland”


The second exhibition of the colloquium series on Built-Bridge culture in Germany took place on the 13.11.2018. Martin Romberg und Daniel Bloch von Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner introduced their victorious design for the new Rudolf-Wissel-Bridge and also made the audience participate in the process.

“Brückenbaukultur in Deutschland” in WiSe 18/19


Since the winter semester of year 2014/15, the colloquium series on the Built-Bridge Culture in Germany, which was initiated by the three departments of Design and Construction (Prof. Geißler, Prof. Schlaich and Prof. Schmid) takes place every year at the Institute of Civil Engineering at Technical University of Berlin. The major objective of these colloquiums is to discuss the state of the art, interesting and important topics and developments in Structural Engineering and thereby linking them to the actual practice by bringing together the network of engineers from Planning offices, Administration offices, Construction offices and the University itself.
This year’s colloquium series deals with the Built-Bridge Culture in Germany.
All the related information about the lectures, dates, keynote speakers etc. can be found here ==>.


Announcement: 11.10.2018


Talk: William Baker

(Skidmore, Owing & Merrill LLP)

Date: 11.10.2018

Location: Room TIB13-B

Time: 14:00 h

Now in SoSe 2018:


Buildings to harness renewable enrgy

For further Informaton: ==> klick hier

Field trip to Layher and Stuttgart 21 (17th -18th August 2017)


9. Carbon- und Textilbetontage | 26.–27.09.2017 | Hotel Hilton in Dresden


We are an active member of the world's largest research project in the buildung and construction sector C³ – Carbon Concrete Composite. In cooperation with more than 160 participants we develope the revolutionary building material Carbon Concrete.

Numerous projects, as well as the latest findings and developments are being presented at this years "9. Carbon- und Textilbetontagen" in Dresden.

For further information please refere to www.carbon-textilbetontage.de

C³ is awarded with the German Future Prize 2016


The chair of Conceptual and Structural Design congratulates Prof. Curbach and his team for the award of the 2016 German Future Prize. We are proud to be part of the award winning project C³ (Carbon Concrete Composite).

Full Fill Homes - final report


Guided by the Indian architect Anupama Kundoo and the chair of Conceptual and Structural Design, civil engineering students of the TU-Berlin and Indian craftsmen successfully manufactured the desired “Ferro-Cement-Boxes” for the “Full Fill Homes” project. The experience of the Indian guests and the interest of the students accounted for an intercultural collaboration, which proved to be an enrichment on both sides.

In addition to the boxes for the exhibition at the “Biennale” in Venice, test specimens for further research were produced. Here the formula of the concrete was varied and alternative materials for the reinforcement were used. Finally, different connection methods of the boxes have been examined. We would like to thank Jordahl for the supply of specially developed connectors.

Due to the excellent cooperation of the participants, all challenges which occurred, while dealing with the new composite material, have been be solved. In conclusion, there is potential for further research.

Finally all parts were put together at the “Biennale” in Venice. The whole project „Building Knowledge“ was presented to the audience by the architect Anupama Kundoo. The workshop is the starting point of a long-term cooperation between the Indian architect and the TU-Berlin, in order to further research the construction with Ferro-Cement.

For further information please click here.

Building Knowledge – Chair of Conceptual and Structural Design participates at the "Architecture Biennale" in Venice as part of the project of Prof. Anupama Kundoo


On Saturday, May 28th, the “Architecture Biennale 2016” in Venice has started. The Indian architect Anupama Kundoo presents her project “Building Knowledge”. A central part of the project is “Full Fill Homes”, a small house, which consists of “Ferro-Cement-Boxes”. Under the guidance of the architect and the chair of Conceptual and Structural Design, students and Indian craftsmen have produced some of the thin walled boxes in a workshop at the TU Berlin.

The workshop is the starting point of a long-term cooperation between the Indian architect Anupama Kundoo and the TU-Berlin, in order to further research the construction with Ferro-Cement.

Ferro-Cement is a composite material, which consists of fine grained concrete and wire-mesh reinforcement. However, fiber reinforcement, such as carbon, basalt or natural fibers can be used as well. At our chair we research durability and stability as well as different connection methods of the boxes. We would like to thank Jordahl for the supply of specially developed connectors.

For further information about “Full Fill Homes” please refer to https://affordablehabitat2015.wordpress.com/

International Ideas Competition

Fundación Eduardo Torroja, in conjunction with the Spanish Ministry of Public Works’ Directorate General of Architecture and Building and the Technical University of Madrid / UPM, announces an ‘International Ideas Competition’ on the occasion of the institution of the Eduardo Torroja Museum. The Museum will be sited at Madrid’s Zarzuela Race Track, one of Torroja’s most emblematic works.

more information

EK Massivbau participates at "bautec 2016"

At the upcoming "bautec 2016" we present our latest results in the FRP research:

"A tension member with carbon fiber reinforced polymers - highstrength, light and durable."

Visit us from Fraruary 16th - 19th at stall 220a in hall 25.

Great interest in "Construction in Carbon"

On 26.02.2014 the competence and innovation symposium - Construction in Carbon - was hosted by the Chair of Conceptual and Structural Design.

With over 300 participants, all seats in our large lecture theater were taken.

For a more detailed report click here.

Massive success for lightweight concrete

Holcim Award for cooperation project of the Chair of Conceptual and Structual Design, TU Berlin and Barkow and Leibinger Architects


The design scheme addresses the future of the city of Hamburg as a high-performing and attractive 21st century metropolis. The brief for the Smart Material House required proposals for innovative building techniques and materials for a public housing project in a less developed neighborhood. The units range in size between 90-225sq m and incorporate fast-growth fir decking slabs with pre-fabricated infra-lightweight concrete walls. The lightweight concrete is one-third of the weight of conventional concrete, is self-insulated utilizing recycled foamed glass as an internal aggregate and allows the building to approach a zero-carbon material effect. The walls are embedded with tube conduits to provide conductive heating and cooling via water, triple-glazing improves sound and heat insulation, and the roof is planted with local vegetation.


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