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Keynote speakers

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Fabian Scheurer

(Design to production)

Build Better Models!
Why most of our digital building models are not ripe for digital fabrication but for disposal, how we need to re-think our methods to create usable digital twins and why the tail of the building process needs to take the lead and wag the dog.

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Pedro Reis


Tri-Axial Weaving with Curved Strips to Generate Complex Structures

Tri-axial weaving has long been used to create curved structures using initially straight/flat ribbons. Weavers typically introduce discrete topological defects to produce 3D shapes, albeit with faceted surfaces. We will show how, by tuning the in-plane curvature of the ribbons, the weave's integrated Gaussian curvature can be varied continuously, which is not feasible using traditional techniques. This geometry-driven nature of tri-axial weaving can be leveraged to design a set of ribbon profiles to weave various structures.

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Tomohiro Tachi


(Tokyo University)

Advances in Architectural Origami

When we compress a sheet of paper, it self-organises into repeated patterns similar to origami. In this talk, I will talk about the geometry behind the art of origami that may lead to structural innovations. I will also showcase recent fun collaborations between art, science, engineering, and design.

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David Gerber


(USC &  Trax.GD)

Roadmapping and Architectural Complexity

To achieve a net zero world with 600,000,000 existing buildings we must automate. The talk is a reflection on the opportunity for architectural geometry to accelerate the adoption of goal driven computation to enable a net zero built environment.


Jenny Sabin

(Cornell University)

BioSynthetic Architecture: Transdisciplinary Design Research

This talk will present ongoing trans-disciplinary research and design spanning across the fields of cell biology, materials science, physics, fiber science, fashion, mechanical and structural engineering, and architecture. Sabin’s collaborative research, teaching, and design practice focus on the contextual, material, and formal intersections between architecture, science, and emerging technologies. The material world that this type of research interrogates reveals examples of nonlinear fabrication and self-assembly at the surface, and at a deeper structural level. In parallel, this work offers up novel possibilities that question and redefine architecture within the greater scope of generative design and fabrication. This talk will elucidate the research methods, prototypes, and architectural projects that Sabin and her collaborators have achieved, which include adaptive building skins, tensile structures and ceramic assemblies, and architectural interventions that ultimately (re)configure their own performance based upon local criteria and human interaction.

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Bernard Vaudeville​



To be announced


Stacy Eisenberg & Tristan Israël


(Ateliers Jean Nouvel)

Design Philosophy, process and transformation


In this keynote, project managers Stacy Eisenberg and Tristan Israel will present how the collaboration between architects, engineers and builders successfully transforms each strong project narrative into a challenging building as a direct result of the ingenuity of the architectural design process and the research and development in advanced fabrication technologies. AJN’s expertise will be illustrated through three projects: The Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, The Duo office towers in Paris and Matarazzo – The Torre Mata Atlantica residential and hospitality high-rise tower in Sao Paulo. Jean Nouvel’s work does not result from considerations of style or ideology, but from a quest to create a unique concept for a singular combination of people, place and time. His contextual approach and ability to infuse a genuine uniqueness into all the projects he undertakes have consistently yielded buildings that transform their environments and indelibly mark the cities in which they are built.

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