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.
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.