Symposium Digital Fabrication – a State of Art

Symposium Digital Fabrication – a State of Art
Sep 9th-10th 2011 at ISCTE-IUL, in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Keynote speakers:
– Kevin Klinger (Ball State University)
– Vicent Guallart (IaaC)
– Bob Sheil (Bartlett UCL)
– Gabriela Celani (UNICAMP)
– Tobias Bonwetsch (ETH Zurique)

Workshop by:
José Pedro Sousa (FAUP/DARQ/OpoLab)

This symposium will bring together in Portugal, ISCTE‐IUL, a set of internationally renowned investigators in the field of Digital Fabrication and Architecture. We challenge participants in this symposium to question and reflect on how the exploitation of computing can improve the design and performance of architecture; how the experience and perception of space can be enriched through the integration of emerging technologies; how shape can be parametrically generated and evolve and, above all, how to take advantage of digital modeling to produce different physical objects. This event is of great relevance in view of the new technological challenges and the teaching of Architecture in Portugal. With this event we aim to underline and share new conceptual and research methodologies as well as new career opportunities. The symposium will be followed by a Workshop on Digital Fabrication where the participants can experience some of the technologies addressed to in the lectures.
Online registration will end on August 1st, 2011.

The workshop will provide to a broad audience (students, professionals and non professionals) the opportunity to experiment and try new methods of approaching the issues outlined in the conference cycle. The workshop will take 7.5 hours and it is composed of two modules. In the first module parametric modeling techniques with the use of CAD-CAM systems will be exposed. In the second module rapid-prototyping techniques will be experimented and applied to real construction materials. The aim of the workshop is to apply digital manufacturing techniques through the production by laser cutting or milling machine in order to prepare a 3D solid model. To participate in this workshop we recommend some knowledge of 3D modeling, preferably with Rhinoceros.икониикони


BioDigital Architecture & Genetics

ESARQ (UIC), Barcelona, 2011, June, 1st-3rd

In the twenties and thirties of the 20th century, when some architects were disposed systematically to configure modern world, they did it stimulated for a cultural pressure, for a correct adaptation to new times, and fighting for minimum conditions of human existence. On the other hand, today the urgency is bigger. It is about the entire planetary subsistence. The question is not any more a simple caprice, neither an intellectual necessity, neither sensibility for losing less favoured people. Now, the necessity is global, without reservations of classes, races or religions. The whole planet is in front of danger of no-sustainability for all mankind.

By chance, now in this crucial moment, are offered new techniques of an enormous potential: biological techniques and digital techniques. And even fusion of both, in something that can be named biodigital architecture. One that has incorporated the advantages proportioned by the understanding of genetics in both ways, the biological and the digital way, that permit to face with hope some continuity also worthy, but this time a dignity for all The Earth.

Then, as the ones that made efforts to break with the ancient classical tradition to found the new modern tradition, we are in front of the challenge of creating the future tradition of biodigital and genetics. For this is necessary that people work on three key elements: research, teaching and profession. This is exactly what we have been doing in Barcelona from 2000, with the Genetic Architecture Research Group and Ph.D. Programme, with the Biodigital Architecture Master’s Degree and with the Genetic Architectures Office. There we learn & teach, we make research and we design: Knowing that there are sufficient differential parameters to predict a complete age’s change. Today, after the first decade of our new Century, it is time to explain, to check, to discuss, fascinations, inspirations, experiences, that the graduates of these Research Group, Master’s Degree and Architecture Office have done in the developing of this biodigital architecture and genetics, up to now.

Alberto T. Estévez
Conference Chair

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