While 20th-century architecture focused on mass production and serial repetition of its components, today is strongly characterized by varied and unique elements, industrially produced through advanced CNC fabrication machines. At the same time, the rise of new programming platforms for design makes it possible to generate processes and algorithms that allow the control of form and technological aspects from the first conceptual stages of the design till the construction phase. It’s now possible to integrate aesthetics and functionality, structural resistance and energy performance within one coherent design process.
In defining such “design to production” workflow, both fabrication and material limits and potential play a key role in generating competitive logical construction systems. Robots and CNC machinery contribute to the redefinition of design methodologies and construction processes, transferring most of the manufacturing from the building site to industrial production, where advanced components, integrating structure and envelope, can be designed and fabricated into complex solutions with high aesthetic and functional value.
This workshop brings together visionary companies, advanced designers and innovation-oriented students to envision new synergies between academic research, architectural practice and industrial production.