Mario Rinke

Superonda Talks
Whole Wood

NEW DATE: Thursday 3 November 2022, 6 p.m.

Archizoom, SG building, Place Ada Lovelace, EPFL 

For this SUPERONDA lecture series, Mario Rinke will discuss the possibilities of wood construction and how it is based on constructive determinism. In doing so, he will discuss how wood was first able to meet the needs of many situations, before being replaced by other building materials. The close entanglement of modern wood and other industrial materials raises the question of where its place would be in a sustainable, circular and human architecture. What can and should we demand from wood construction beyond its versatile use?

The lecture is also broadcast live on Zoom.
Meeting ID : 646 5060 5823


Mario Rinke is a professor at the University of Antwerp. He researches and teaches on structural engineering and construction aspects of architecture. Trained as a civil engineer and working in the field of architecture for many years, he is particularly interested in transformation processes of technical knowledge, materials and institutions. He is the author and editor of numerous books, some of which deal with historical and contemporary timber construction methods. As a structural engineer, he worked for offices in London and Zurich. He received his PhD from ETH Zurich in 2013 and has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at ETH Zurich and at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, as well as a visiting professor at Tor Vergata University in Rome. He is a founding member of the International Association of Structures and Architecture (IASA).