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what we do

The Structural Xploration Lab applies itself to the design of load-bearing systems for architecture and civil engineering. Our goal is to support the technological transition of the construction industry towards a more circular economy with reduced environmental footprint. We develop knowledge and tools for the user-driven exploration of structural systems that are reversible and less material-intensive. We build frontier prototypes of such systems.

Candidates for research stays at the master, PhD and post-doctoral levels can find more information here.

who we are

Launched in July 2016, the Structural Xploration Lab is led by Corentin Fivet, tenure-track assistant professor of Architecture and Structural Design at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The lab is attached to the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), is part of the Institute of Architecture (IA) and has strong connections with the Civil Engineering Institute (IIC). The lab is active in the teaching of structures and construction systems to architects (SAR).

The Structural Xploration Lab is also an integral member of the smart living lab, a joint facility between EPFL, UniFr, and HEIA-FR, in Fribourg (Switzerland). The smart living lab engages effective multi-disciplinary research on user-centered building technology through close collaboration between universities, private firms and public administrations.

news

15.01.19  Talk by Prof. Carl Haas - Monday January 21, 2019 11am - smart living lab, ...

21.12.18  Master projects advised by SXL receive sustainability prizes, December 2018

12.12.18  Doctoral Seminar - 12-14 December, 2018

08.12.18  The Structural Xploration Lab at PLEA 2018 conference, Hong-Kong

08.12.18  SXL featured in Handelszeitung 15. November 2018

12.11.18  baubüro in situ - November 29, 2018 - 15:00 - BC 01

24.10.18  October 1-5, 2018

08.10.18  Magistrale EPFL, Saturday, 06.10.2018

08.10.18  Monday 8.10.2018

19.09.18  September 27-28, 2018 - FATUK, Faculty of Architecture TU Kaiserslautern

30.08.18  Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, 11am-1pm - smart living lab, Fribourg

17.08.18  Monday July 23, 2018 - Manchester, MA

16.07.18  Papers at the Annual Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, at ...

16.07.18  Paper presented at the 6th ICCH, Brussels, July 9-13 2018

29.06.18  Jan Brütting from the Structural Exploration Lab, SXL is a winner of the Mobility Award, ...

07.06.18  EG-ICE - June 11, 2018 - Lausanne.

07.06.18  Corentin Fivet invited at the Losinger Marazzi annual Technical gathering.

31.05.18  Architecture students from EPFL have built a pavilion out of materials recovered from an old ...

28.05.18  May 28 to June 2, 2018

04.05.18  Semaine ENAC - du neuf construit avec vos déchets.

01.05.18  Wednesday May 2nd, 2018 - 17h00 - smart living lab

26.03.18  Corentin Fivet (SXL) @ Ecoles des Ponts, Paris, Wednesday 28/03/2018 1pm

23.03.18  For his Master’s project, Joseph Desruelle devised a plan to reuse steel bars from dismantled ...

10.04.18  Wednesday, April 18 - 10:00 - 11:00 - Berlin, Germany

12.03.18  Embodied carbon in the construction industry is a major factor of climate change, but it ...

05.03.18  Wednesday March 14th, 2018 · 11:30 · smart living lab · Fribourg

06.03.18  9 March 2018 - Saint Gobain, 18 avenue d’Alsace, 92400 Courbevoie

07.02.18  smart living lunch - Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 11:00am

01.02.18  Monday Feb 6, 2018 - 13:00 in HBL - smart living lab - EPFL Fribourg

08.01.18  Architectural Journal - China - #590 - November 2017 - pp.20-25

05.12.17  Wednesday December 6th, 2017 · 12h00 Halle Bleue, smart living lab, BlueFactory, Fribourg

29.11.17  Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 8:05

08.11.17  15 Novembre 2017, 18:00, HEIA

08.11.17  16 Novembre 2017, all day, Fribourg

31.10.17  Jeudi 9 Novembre 2017 · 15h15 · salle BC01 · EPFL · Ecublens

30.10.17  November 9, 2017 at 12pm - Department of Architecture, MIT, Boston

30.10.17  November 7-8, 2017 - Conference Center West, Jonathan Spack Community Conference Center, Boston

30.10.17  November 2, 2017 - California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly)

30.10.17  November 1, 2017 - Yang & Yamazaki Energy & Environment Building, 473 Via Ortega, Stanford, ...

30.10.17  Monday Nov 20th, 2017 · screening at 12:00 & 19:00; lecture at 17:30 · Auditorium ...

30.10.17  Thursday November 16th, 2017 · 15h15 · room BC01 · EPFL Ecublens

30.10.17  October 30, 2017 at 5:10pm, Davis 534, UC Berkeley, USA

24.10.17  October 23, 2017 at 12pm - HIB Open Space 2, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg Campus, Forschungsgebäude ...

27.06.17  Lyon, from June 19th to July 1st, 2018

19.06.17  Saturday, June 17th, at 'La Sucrière', Lyon

08.06.17  From June 7th to June 18th, 2017.

24.05.17  May 22nd-24th, 2017

20.05.17  From Monday May 22nd to Friday May 26th

16.05.17  Revue d'A, n°253, Mai 2017, pages 61-63

15.05.17  From Mon. May 15th to Fri. May 19th

13.05.17  May 14th, 2017 - Tongji University, China

09.05.17  5th Annual International Conference on Architecture & Civil Engineering, Singapore

08.05.17  smart living lab, ENAC, Fribourg, CH.

01.05.17  Wednesday May 3rd, 2017, 9:45, at the Halle Bleue, smart living lab, Fribourg

06.04.17  Tuesday April 25th, 2017 - 13h15 - GC D0 386 · EPFLausanne

07.03.17  Could recovered materials play a key role in tomorrow’s civil engineering? EPFL researchers set out ...

08.02.17  The smart living lab and ENAC will take part in BAL 2017.

30.01.17  Monday, February 6th, 2017 @ Halle Bleue, smart living lab, Fribourg, CH.

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16.01.17  Monday, January 23rd, 4pm, Fribourg.

29.11.16  upcoming this Friday.

29.07.16  Corentin Fivet participates in the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, Guimarães, Portugal.

15.07.16  As of December 2015, the collaborators of the smart living lab, the center for research ...

15.07.16  The official launch of the smart living lab project marks the first step towards the ...

15.07.16  Corentin Fivet, formerly a post-doc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, United States, ...