Digital Materiality in Architecture

Friday, February 10, 2012

Time: 4:30pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 170

Presentation by Fabio Gramazio, Principal, Gramazio & Kohler, Zurich, Switzerland.

The projects of Gramazio & Kohler combine the physics of built architecture with digital logic systems.

They do not design architecture solely by drawing, but conceive spatial relationships and contextual behavior through computational analysis and experimentation.

Their architecture is not comparable to what craftsmanship used to be, but rather to the transfer of knowledge implicit in contemporary applications to the act of making. Their research and built artifacts seek out the process between making something, thinking about something, and the experiences that brings to the making of things.

Gramazio & Kohler mine the potentials of the computer and of digital fabrication as a complementary investigative tool that can inform traditional design, construction and building methods.

They seek to use the potential of advances in digital technologies, ones that reconnect computers to physical fabrication processes, to serve as a direct bridge between design and making.

The sensual quality of their design culture manifests itself in an innovative expression derived from a “Digital Materiality in Architecture.”

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