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Swiss Group of IABSE

Dr. Philippe Menétrey
Rue Centrale 9bis
1003 Lausanne

Vice Chair
Dr. Andrea Bassetti
Toggwilerstrasse 9
8706 Meilen

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IABSE Schweiz Exkursion 2023 – Linz (AUT) – 29. September (Download the Programme)


In a documentary (click here to watch) made by the Swiss leading newspaper NZZ, IABSE member, Prof. Dr. Andrea Frangi, from the ETH, who has chaired the Swiss Young Engineers program for several years, and has also been in the SEI Editorial Board in the past, talked about the relevance of tall timber buildings. 

Germany's tallest wooden skyscraper is currently being built in Hamburg, 19 floors and 65 meters high. In Switzerland, too, an 80-meter-high residential tower made of wood is to be built in the near future. It is a new territory for architects and building authorities, but it is a trend that is picking up speed. Because the traditional material (timber) offers great advantages: It guarantees maximum load-bearing capacity, is comparatively light and provides excellent insulation. Wood grows back and stores carbon dioxide. In view of the climate crisis, wood could become the building material of the future. Concrete, on the other hand, is one of the biggest drivers of climate change.

At universities such as Cambridge or the ETH in Zurich, intensive research is being carried out into wood as a building material in order to make it even more stable and resilient. Technically processed wood, so-called engineering wood, is to be increasingly used in the global construction sector. The scientists' vision: In the future, houses could be built from wood in a climate-friendly manner and at the same time become huge CO2 stores. But that can only work if we manage our forests differently. "We save the forests, and the forests save us," says Marc Palahi of the European Forest Institute.

"NZZ Format" about wood as a high-tech building material and the future of construction.


General Meeting on 27 October 2021

The meeting welcomed all Swiss members, for the on-site meeting, which was chaired by Philippe Menetrey. The elections, budget and activities from 2020-21 were reviewed, there was a discussion about forthcoming new IABSE Awards, and 2022 activities planning. During the election, Stefan Köppel got re-elected, Andreas Taras got newly elected and for internal auditing, Marco Galli, and Dimitrios Papastergiou got elected by the Swiss Group of IABSE. This was followed by a site visit to the new curved footbridge in Zug, designed by Conzett and Bronzini (photo above).

Generalversammlung vom Mittwoch, 27.10.2021 mit Baustellenbesichtigungen auf dem Areal der Tech Cluster Zug AG in Zug

Der Vorstand der IABSE lädt Sie hiermit herzlich zur Generalversammlung 2021 in Zug ein. Wir freuen uns, mit Ihnen anlässlich des Rahmenprogramms Baustellen und Neubauten auf dem Areal der Tech Cluster Zug zu besichtigen. Für den Baustellenrundgang sind geschlossenes, festes Schuhwerk sowie lange Hosen erforderlich. Helme und Warnwesten stehen zur Verfügung.

Für die Teilnahme am Anlass ist ein COVID – Zertifikat erforderlich.

Anmeldung: Für die Baustellenbesichtigung und den Apéro Riche bitten wir Sie um Anmeldung per E-Mail an bis zum Montag, 11. Oktober 2021. Programm (click here for details).



Board Meeting: On 30th January, 2020, representatives of the Swiss Group of IABSE, under the Chairmanship of Philippe Menétrey met in Bern, with participating members Andrea Bassetti, Gianfranco Bronzini, Patrick Fehlmann, Richard Thürler and Matthias Wielatt. Their meeting’s agenda included discussing membership, future activities, 2019 activities, 2020 IABSE congresses and others.


Excursion: From 19-22 June, 2020, the Swiss Group is planning for an excursion this year to northern Italy. Plans include visiting Milan on Friday—including the Pirelli skyscraper by Gio Ponti and Pier Luigi Nergi, the Porta Volta by Herzog & de Meuron and the Via Röntgen building by the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi by Grafton Architects. On Saturday, they plan to visit a building by Pier Luigi Nervi, an exhibition hall by Riccardo Morandi and others. On Sunday, visits shall include to the Mole Antonelliana by Alessandro Antonelli and the new Metro buildings. On return journey, one can visit the bridge over the Toce by Riccardo Morandi in Domodossola. This excursion which shall be carried out in association with the Gessellschaft für Ingenieurbaukunst is planned to start from Bellinzona by bus.

YES2020: On 1 October, 2020, the YES 2020 event will be organised by the Swiss Group at the HSLU in Luzern. Interesting programs are being organised for young engineers.

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