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Digital Fabrication in Architecture & Design
Digital fabrication is a manufacturing process that uses a machine controlled by computers. This method has sparked the interest of architects and product designers, as it opens the door to new possibilities in terms of solving complex processes and new approaches for mass construction.

What is the impact of digital fabrication on the work of architects and designers? What are the implications when thinking about spaces? Where is it applied today, and how will it be useful for tomorrow? How can it be used to address issues in developing regions of the world and what’s its impact on sustainability?

To answer these questions, swissnex Brazil invites Fabio Gramazio, professor for digital fabrication at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and Jorge Lopes, professor for digital product design and art at PUC Rio (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro) to this webinar. They will present their work and discuss the challenges and opportunities they see in digital fabrication for the future of our cities. Barbara Iseli, architect and founder of Insight Architecture will moderate the conversation.

Future Now
The webinar furthermore presents current work on the ‘Future Now Pavilion’, originally planned as the official Swiss contribution to the 27th World Congress of Architects - UIA2021RIO in Rio de Janeiro, which is now postponed to July 2021. The temporary installation, an initiative of Insight Architecture together with the architects Pedro Rivera and Diego Baloian, has been developed by Gramazio Kohler Research together with students of the MAS DFAB program. It is a collaboration with the ETH Zurich, Casa Firjan Rio de Janeiro, the Swiss Consulate Rio de Janeiro, Swissnex Brazil and numerous institutional and private supporters such as Presence Switzerland, Pro Helvetia, World Architects, ArchDaily, Edelweiss Air, MSC, ZZWancor, EBP, Kibag, Myclimate and Candido de Oliveira Advogados.

Jul 9, 2020 02:00 PM in Sao Paulo

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Fabio Gramazio
Architect @ETH Zürich
Fabio Gramazio is an architect with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from computational design and robotic fabrication to material innovation. In 2000, he founded the architecture practice Gramazio & Kohler with his partner Matthias Kohler, where numerous award-wining designs have been realized. Current projects include the design of the Empa NEST research platform, a future living and working laboratory for sustainable construction. Opening the world’s first architectural robotic laboratory at ETH Zurich, Gramazio & Kohler’s research has been formative in the field of digital architecture, setting precedence and de facto creating a new research field merging advanced architectural design and additive fabrication processes through the customized use of industrial robots. His research is outlined and theoretically framed in the book The Robotic Touch: How Robots Change Architecture (Park Books, 2014). From 2017 to 2019,he was Director of Studies for Bachelor and Master Architecture.
Jorge Lopes
Designer @University PUC in Rio de Janeiro
Jorge Lopes is a designer and the coordinator of the Nucleo de Experimentação Tridimensional (NEXT) of the Department of Arts and Design at the University PUC in Rio de Janeiro, where he develops interdisciplinary research involving 3D technologies in areas such as medicine, archaeology, paleontology, among others. Post Doc by Deakin University, Australia, PhD by the Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom, Master by COPPE UFRJ and Bachelor in Design by the School of Fine Arts of UFRJ. He is a researcher at the National Institute of Technology and the National Museum (MCTIC) and his trajectory reinforces the importance of dialogue between the various areas of knowledge.
Barbara Iseli
Architect @Insight Architecture
Barbara Iseli is a multilingual Swiss architect. She graduated at ETH Zurich and has a broad professional experience in Switzerland and Brazil. She is a founding partner of Insight Architecture, a platform that aims to convey knowledge and foster appreciation for contemporary and modern architecture through tours, events, teaching, publishing and design with focus on Latin America. In Zurich, she worked as designer and project manager in different renowned architecture offices such as Spillmann Echsle, Boltshauser Architekten, Galli Rudolf and Neff Neumann on large-scale housing projects and won several architecture competitions. In Rio de Janeiro, she was in charge of the conversion of the Swiss Consulate and the design of swissnex Rio de Janeiro.