Yesterday evening, September 9, the fifth Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) symposium was opened. 250 international architects, engineers and researchers have made their way to ETH Zurich for the AAG2016 Symposium, organised by the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication.

The main objective of the AAG2016 Symposium is to bring together interdisciplinary experts to present and discuss innovations in geometric and computational applications for the field of architecture. The four-day symposium begins with two days of workshops followed by the conference with presentations of peer-reviewed papers and invited keynote lectures.

Opening Reception for Workshop Participants
The symposium officially began with a reception for all workshop participants at the ETH Hönggerberg Campus. Dave Pigram, AAG2016 Workshops Chair, personally welcomed all instructors and participants to Zurich, and in the name of the NCCR Digital Fabrication invited them to view the robotic fabrication facilities in the NCCR Cube and visit the MAS Digital Fabrication final project – a two storey, robotically fabricated and assembled timber pavilion.

Practical Experience with Advances Technologies
During the next two days workshop participants have a great opportunity to learn from some of the best researchers and practitioners in the fields related to architectural geometry and digital fabrication. Workshop topics include learning about computational optimisation of design, interactive modelling of structures, force-adaptive hot-wire cutting, collaborative robotic simulation, and the application of virtual reality to construction processes.

The AAG2016 workshops have been made possible thanks to the generous support and engagement of the official workshops sponsor Autodesk.

For more information about the workshops, visit the official Symposium website: www.aag2016.ch