The title of this communication should not be misunderstood as presumptuous, as we value all contributions to the IBK colloquium series as valuable examples of the art of civil engineering. Rather, it literally refers to the special occasion and the intention of the event on May 11, which is jointly organised by the Institute of Structural Engineering (IBK) at ETH Zurich and the Gesellschaft für Ingenieurbaukunst (GfI, Society for the Art of Engineering). To mark its 25th anniversary, the GfI is organising a series of colloquia that take place over a year in all language regions of Switzerland. By embedding the colloquium in the IBK series of events, the Society is returning to its “cradle” – the former workplace of Prof. Marti, Professor Emeritus of Structural Engineering and Design, who founded the Gesellschaft für Ingenieurbaukunst in 1995.
The aim of the colloquium follows the ambition of the society to promote awareness of the cultural importance of civil engineering and to uncover its significance for the activities of civil engineers.
We are pleased that Hans Seelhofer has been invited to actively contribute to the event as a speaker. In his lecture “Essay on the conception of structural engineering support structures”, he will discuss his personal relationship to the art of civil engineering on the basis of four case studies from his professional practice as a structural engineer at Lüchinger+Meyer. At the same time – in accordance with the character of a colloquium as a platform for open exchange – a critical examination of the current role of structural engineers in society, building culture and the planning process will stimulate an in-depth discussion afterwards.
We look forward to numerous participants and a lively exchange! (Due to the current situation, the colloquium will be held as a Zoom Meeting).
Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 17:00, Zoom Meeting