On the 11th of June, a conference will be hosted at the Protospace, which deals with how file-to-factory processes impact architectural practice.
Computational Architecture has a polarizing effect on architecture; on one hand the development of new design tools for architectural conception allow us to deal with more abstract design notions, on the other hand these designs are pushed beyond description, towards definition. Architects such as Kas Oosterhuis ( ONL /Hyperbody research group ), Fabian Schreurer ( designtoproduction) and Fabio Gramazio ( Gramazio & Kohler ) manage to fabricate from such a rigorous architectural definition. Fabian has been writing programs to generate NC code from which architectural elements are produced and in a similar way the members of theDFAB lab ( ran by Matthias Kohler and Fabio Gramazio ) produces the instructions for their brick laying robot. Philippe Morel ( partner in EZCT Architecture & Design Research ) will provide context of this important development in architecture with his lecture “Knowledge, Machines and Autonomy”.