The symposium serves the purpose of helping the understanding of students, specialised in computational design, digital fabrication and creative-computational disciplines, how to develop sustainable models for digitally-led research and practices within the creative economy. The symposium will be discussing different approaches towards advanced digital tools related to architecture and design practices. The focus lies on different manufacturing processes, from additive manufacturing to robotic fabrication, bringing together international experts, researchers and practitioners. Aspects related to computational design, architecture, digital fabrication, construction, digital crafting, engineering, material development and experimentation will be discussed in the context of the creative economy.

Talks on key themes will address:

  • how advanced digital tools can advance and change disciplinary models
  • the advancement of design and creative practices through the means of computational design
  • a divers range of methodological approaches with regards to computation, material, tools and process
  • the relationship between design and its material manifestation, considering relevant parameters of the market and the client
  • pedagogical strategies related to computational design and digital making
  • the gap between academic education and economic realities, aiming for sustainable practice approaches.

Our invited speakers will present projects of various scales, which demonstrate the use of the latest technological advancements.

This symposium offers a new view on digital creative practices by presenting state-of-the-art processes, followed by an ‘open’ podium discussion, moderated by both students and staff members. The symposium addresses digital practices in architecture and design-related disciplines, focussing on the practice based experiences of our guest speakers, involved in developing own projects, research agendas, businesses, start-ups or a practice.

March

CARLOS BAUSA MARTINEZ

Specialist Modelling Group, Foster + Partners, London

LISA FINLAY

Heatherwick Studio, London

MATT KING

Founding Partner & Associate Director
T/E/S/S Atelier d’Ingénierie, Paris

PHILLIP EVERSMANN

Professor, Faculty of Architecture,
Planning and Landscape Architecture (ASL), Universität Kassel
Eversmann Studio, Munich

Guest Moderator
Prof. Richard Coyne
[ESALA]

April

PABLO GIL

GilBartolomé ADW, Madrid
Universidad Europea de Madrid

THEO DOUNAS

Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Adventurous Architecture, Greece-China-UK

SHAUN MURRAY

The Bartlett UCL, AA Architectural Association
ENIAtype, London

Guest Moderator
Miguel Paredes
[ESALA]

May

HENRIETTE BIER

Robotics Building Group & Delft Robotics Institute
TU Delft

URS HIRSCHBERG

Graz University of Technology
Founding Director of the Institute of Architecture and Media (IAM)

MANUEL JIMENEZ GARCÍA

Founding Partner & Associate Director
T/E/S/S Atelier d’Ingénierie, Paris
Nagami - Robotic Manufacturing Startup
Lecturer in Architecture, The Bartlett UCL

GILLES RETSIN

Program Director B.Pro Architectural Design
Co-founder Design Computation Lab, The Bartlett UCL

Guest Moderator
Prof. Remo Pedreschi
[ESALA]