Past Events

September 30 and October 1, 2017, Arch_Tec_Lab Building, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg Campus, Zurich: Open House Zurich 2017
As part of the Open House Zurich 2017 event, the NCCR Digital Fabrication offered two guided tours on each of the two event days, as part of which researchers showed the interested public the worldwide largest robotic laboratory in the field of architecture and construction and the robotically fabricated timber roof of the new Arch_Tec_Lab building of the Institute of Technology in Architecture.
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September 12 to 23, 2017, Théatre Vidy, Lausanne: Exhibition “Un nouveau Pavillion en bois”
As part of the official inauguration of its new Pavilion, the Vidy Theatre invited everyone interested to come and visit an exhibition about the construction of the Pavilion. The exhibition featured photographies, videos and large-scale prototypes of the unique building project to which several researchers of the NCCR Digital Fabrication made substantial contributions.
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September 7-10, 2017, Botanic Garden, Zurich: ETH ✕ MuDA Robotic Pavilion at the First Zurich Design Biennale
In this stunning pavilion built in collaboration by students of the MAS ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication 2015/16 and robots, ETH Zurich and MuDA introduced children to the playful and rational thinking behind technology and design to further their creative potential and cultivate their skills as makers.
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September 1-3, 2017, Main Building ETH Zurich, Zurich: Zurich Research Fair Scientifica 2017 – What Data Reveal
At the research fair Scientifica, scholars from UZH and ETH Zurich met with the general population and shared how data is used in their research. They discussed how processing and analyzing data affects daily life and our society. And in a series of talks and exhibitions, they also demonstrated that scholarship can be fun. The NCCR Digital Fabrication was present with an exhibition stand about 3D printing in architecture.
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April 1 – July 16, 2017, Museum of Digital Arts, Zurich: Gramazio Kohler
Exhibition of work by NCCR principal investigators Matthias Kohler and Fabio Gramazio. The two trained architects Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler combine the physics of built architecture with digital logic. They don’t design physical structures solely by drawing, but conceive spatial relationships and contextual behaviour through programming.
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March 15 – June 19, 2017, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France: “Mutation-Créations / Imprimer le monde”
The exhibition presented work from around 30 innovative artists, designers and architects who experiment with 3D printing technology and featured the NCCR Digital Fabrication’s research project Smart Dynamic Casting lead by Gramazio Kohler Research and work by NCCR principal investigator Benjamin Dillenburger.
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February 2 – May 14, 2017, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany: “Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine”
In the exhibition »Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine«, the Vitra Design Museum thoroughly examined the current robotics boom for the first time. The exhibition presented a variety of exhibits, including examples of robots from homes, industry or medicine, but also media installations, computer games and examples from film and literature. Amongst the exhibits were works from Gramazio Kohler Research, chaired by NCCR principal investigators Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler.
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April 24-28, 2017, Hannover, Germany: Hannover Messe, Both presenting innovative building technology Mesh Mould – Winner of the Swiss Technology Award 2016″
Hannover Messe has been the world’s most important industrial tradeshow and largest capital goods exhibition for years. The NCCR Digital Fabrication presented the novel building technology Mesh Mould on the common exhibition both of Switzerland.
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November 8, 2016 – April 23, 2017, ArtLab, EPF Lausanne, Lausanne: “Noir c’est noir? Les Outrenoirs de Pierre Soulages “
Organized jointly by the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art (FGA) and the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the exhibition “Noir, c’est noir? The Outrenoirs of Pierre Soulages” featured a strong experimental character. Soulages, a prominent figure of abstract painting, explores the properties of the color black. By venturing into Outrenoir, which is to say beyond the black, the artist seeks to treat light as a material. Together with the FGA, five EPFL laboratories, amongst which the Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory lead by NCCR principal investigator Mark Pauly, alongside startups originating from the school put their research and technologies at the service of an original approach to the Outrenoirs.
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March 13, 2017, Zurich, Switzerland (German only): ETH Treffpunkt Science City, Guided Tours for Children and Youngsters “Building with Robots and 3D Printers”
The spring programme 2017 focused on the digital revolution, specifically on what it means to work in the world 4.0. The NCCR Digital Fabrication offered guided tours through the world’s biggest robotic laboratory in architecture for children between 7 and 12 years, and for youngsters between 13 and 17 years.
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February 17, 2017, Boston, USA: AAAS 2017, Symposium “Digital Fabrication in Architecture – The Challenge to Transform the Building Industry”
This year’s Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), hosted in Boston, USA, focused on the theme, “Serving Society Through Science Policy.” NCCR principal investigator Prof. Jonas Buchli together with Prof. Ronald Rael and Prof. Jane Burri talked about the key challenges of integrating digital technologies within the building industry.
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January 13, 2017, Zurich, Switzerland: International Workshop “Digital Fabrication with Concrete”
The potential for digital technologies to revolutionise the world of construction is seemingly limitless, and this spurred the initiation of the RILEM Technical Committee on Digital Fabrication with Cementitious Materials in the past year. In conjunction with the second meeting of the Committee, the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication was pleased to invite everyone interested to an international workshop on digital fabrication with concrete.
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November 29, 2016, Zurich, Switzerland: Workplace Visit NCCR Digital Fabrication in Collaboration with “netzwerk Frau und sia” und “SVIN”
The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication was pleased to welcome members of the “Swiss Association of Women Engineers” (SVIN), members of the “Swiss Association of Women Architects” (netzwerk Frau und sia) as well as other interested parties on November 29, 2016, to an interesting networking- and information event in the newly opened Arch_Tec_Lab, the building of the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) of ETH Zurich.
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