When describing their research programme for sending out in space by 2020 the world’s first 3D printed satellite, scientists from the European Space Agency pointed out that ‘in the world of materials it’s the mixing of [...] different chemical elements that is vital [...]: we hardly use pure metals but we do use compounds, alloys and composites; the actual number of combinations and ratios of mixing elements is infinite’1. Being ‘closer to alchemy than architectural tectonics [...] multi-materiality is the holy grail of materials scientists’2, while in architecture initial research in the field of multi-material design is only beginning to become evident, albeit in a dispersed manner.
The symposium will bring together architects, designers, scientists, material researchers, theorists and futurists in order to discuss what this game-changing multi-material shift will bring about for architecture. The elimination of centuries- old messy building processes, the convergence of disciplines, radical energy, resource and material savings, the re- emergence of theories of continuity and material agency, the rethinking of current design methodologies and an ensuing aesthetic of gradients as opposed to sharp boundaries, are some of the themes to be discussed in the event.
1 ESA, 2014, Europe’s New Age of Metals Begins, [online], [accessed 15 Sep 2014], available from: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Technology/Europe_s_new_age_of_metals_begins
2 Wiscombe, T 2012, ‘Beyond Assemblies: System Convergence and Multi-Materiality’, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Volume 7, Number 1, pp. 015001.
Stefan Bassing studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. In 2012, as a scholar of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), he continued his research at the Bartlett GAD focusing on contemporary design methodologies involving computation and object-orientated research for the capacity to comprehend and respond to architecture and design on a multiplicity of scales He is currently a unit tutor at GAD and a designer for Zaha Hadid Architects.
Francis Bitonti uses computational methodologies and smart materials to create new aesthetic languages for the built environment. His work has been published internationally in institutions including the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Museum and most recently has garnered media coverage for his 3D printed gown for fashion icon Dita von Teese. He lives in New York where he runs his design practice.
Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of algorithms and computation to generate architectural form. Recent projects include the Digital Grotesque installation at Archilab 2013 exhibition, as well as the Sixth Order hall of columns at the Gwangju Design Biennale. He is currently a visiting professor at Southeast University in Nanjing and at Vienna University of Technology. Previously, he was a lecturer and researcher in the CAAD group at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
Michael Herrmann studied civil engineering at the Universities of Stuttgart and Calgary, graduating in 2007. Following his studies he worked as a structural engineer at Werner Sobek Design and since 2009 he has been a research associate at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart. His work focuses on gradient concrete and energy efficient construction.
Lambros Malafouris MPhil, PhD (Cambridge) is a Research and Teaching Fellow in Creativity, Cognition, and Material Culture at Keble College and the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. His primary research interests lie in the archaeology of mind and the philosophy of material culture. His publications include How Things Shape the Mind: A Theory of Material Engagement (2013) and Material Agency: Towards a Non- Anthropocentric Approach (2008) among others.
Andrew Payne is an architect and Senior Building Information Specialist at Case-Inc. He holds a doctoral degree from Harvard’s GSD and a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. Andrew’s research focuses on smart buildings, robotics and 3D printing. He has lectured and taught workshops at institutions throughout the US, Canada and Europe and has held teaching positions at Columbia University and the Pratt Institute.
Panagiotis Michalatos is an architect and assistant professor of architecture technology at Harvard GSD. He has worked as a computational design researcher for AKT in London, where, he provided consultancy and developed computational solutions for high profile projects. Panagiotis has also worked as a performance space interaction designer in a long lasting collaboration with dance company CCAP.
Daniel Richards is a Research Associate in the Biological and Sensory Computation Group at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research interests lie at the intersection of architectural design, bio-inspired engineering and computer science. His ongoing work uses bio-inspired computation to create high-performance structures with finely tuned physical properties.
Martyn Amos is Professor of Novel Computation at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research encompasses complexity, nature-inspired computing and synthetic biology. He is the author of Genesis Machines: The New Science of Biocomputing, and co-editor of Beta-Life, a new collection of “science into fiction” stories centred on artificial life.
André R. Studart obtained his PhD on Materials Science and Engineering from the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil, in 2002. Following postdoctoral studies at ETH Zürich (2002-2007) and Harvard University (2007-2008), he joined in 2009 the Department of Materials at ETH Zürich as Professor for Complex Materials.
Alexandros Tsamis is a trained architect, currently an Associate Professor and Head of the Post Professional Graduate Program in the School of Design at Adolfo Ibañez University in Santiago, Chile. He holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from AUTh in Greece, a SMArchS (Building Technology) and a PhD (Computation) from the MIT Department of Architecture. Previously, Tsamis has been a lecturer at MIT and faculty at The Ohio State University.
PANEL DISCUSSION CHAIRS:
Theodore Spyropoulos and Roberto Bottazzi
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