November 5, 2018 - Norman Foster Foundation - Robotics Atelier 2018
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November 5, 2018
November 5, 2018

Norman Foster Foundation

First edition of the Norman Foster Foundation Robotics Atelier (2017).

Robotics Atelier 2018
November 12–16, 2018

Public Debate: November 16, 12:30–2:20pm, with Anne Faucheret, Fabio Gramazio, Iñigo Lazkanotegui and Jonathan Ledgard

Norman Foster Foundation
Monte Esquinza 48 28010 Madrid, Spain
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The second edition of the Norman Foster Foundation Robotics Atelier will take place on November 12-16, 2018, with the support of the Rolex Institute and under the mentorship of Fabio Gramazio, Co-Founder Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. This year the Atelier will investigate new ways of reflecting on the physis of architecture, its design and materialization.

The Academic Body spans a wide range of practitioners working in different fields interrelated with robotics and the notion of technology, including Todd Eckert, Founder of Tin Drum, Pittsburgh, United States of America; Anne Faucheret, Curator at Kunsthalle Wien, Wien, Austria; Ruairi Glynn, Director of the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett, UCL, London, United Kingdom; Iñigo Lazkanotegi, Project Manager in Instrumentation and Intelligent Maintenance at Tecnalia , Alava, Spain; Jonathan Ledgard, Former Director of Afrotech and founder of Rossums Studio, Lausanne, Switzerland; Antoine Picon, Professor of History of Architecture and Technology at Harvard GSD, Cambridge, United States of America and Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Head of the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), Copenhagen, Denmark.

"Building with the robot takes architecture far beyond the creation of static forms to the design of formative material processes," states Atelier mentor Fabio Gramazio. "We mean to convey that the robot can act as a catalyst to impart cultural significance to digital architecture. Through the robot, the digitalization of architecture becomes physical and tangible. As such, we aim to enter a dialogue between human and machine, designer and maker, to explore the distinct aesthetic significance and identity of digitally fabricated architecture."

After reviewing applications submitted by hundreds of candidates from around the world, the Selection Committee awarded ten scholarships to students representing five continents from the following universities and institutions: Ashesi University, Berekuso, Ghana; Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL), London, United Kingdom; Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland; Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany; Tecnológico de Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico; Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India; Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC), Barcelona, Spain; University of California in Los Angeles, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America; University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany; University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.

These ten students will engage with a group of specialists through a series of seminars and lectures culminating in a five-day Atelier. During the week, the students will also manipulate sand to create a highly informed and geometrically complex formwork element to cast and construct architectural artefact. They will explore the direct relationship between computational design, tooling, feedback systems and robotic motions to steer granular material formations processes, with the help of three highly flexibles robot arms.

The Robotics Atelier will include seminars, lectures, one-to-one tutoring and urban architectural tours to learn more about the context of Madrid. During the course of the Atelier, participants will have the opportunity to engage with the Norman Foster Foundation’s archive and research projects.

Public debate
November 16, 2018 12:30–2:20pm
Fundación Francisco Giner de los Ríos Paseo del General Martínez Campos 14, 28010, Madrid, Spain
With the participation of Anne Faucheret, Fabio Gramazio, Iñigo Lazkanotegui and Jonathan Ledgard.
Tim Stonor, Managing Director of Space Syntax, London, United Kingdom, and part of the Advisory Board of the Norman Foster Foundation, will chair the debate.

If you are interested in attending the Public Debate above, please register via Eventbrite.

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