NCCR DFAB Alumni Survey – feedback for strategic development

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2020 Norman Blank Prize winner: Eggshell and the Future Tree

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NCCR Digital Fabrication week on #NCCRWomen!

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Swissnex China nexFrontier webinar series - Watch the recording

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Introduction

Initiated in 2014, the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication aims to revolutionise architecture through the seamless combination of digital technologies and physical building processes. Over 60 researchers from six different academic disciplines collaborate to develop ground-breaking technologies for tomorrow’s construction. Their research allows Switzerland to take a leading position within the global field of digital fabrication. The NCCR Digital Fabrication is the first NCCR focused on architecture and construction funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Initiated at ETH Zurich, it is partnered with EPF Lausanne, the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the Bern University of Applied Sciences and Empa.

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News

31.05.2021

Impact Lecture: Thickness of Impakt with Prof. Hanif Kara

Impact Lecture: Thickness of Impakt with Prof. Hanif Kara

Professor Catherine de Wolf hosted professor Hanif Kara to present his Impact Lecture: Thickness of Impakt. Professor Hanif Kara is a design director of the engineering practice AKT II, based in London, where he leads the firm’s 350 designers and technicians, who collectively offer 50 cultural…

06.05.2021

A game changer for concrete casting

A game changer for concrete casting

SACAC, a manufacturer of concrete pillars, aims to apply digital fabrication methods to reduce production times and increase flexibility. Their collaboration with NCCR DFAB researchers at ETH Zurich delivered remarkable results.

30.04.2021

#NCCRWomen: Maria Vittoria Minniti, robotics engineer

#NCCRWomen: Maria Vittoria Minniti, robotics engineer

Meet Maria Vittoria Minniti, robotics engineer and PhD student at NCCR Digital Fabrication and ETH Zurich. Maria Vittoria makes it possible for simple robots to do complicated things. The #NCCRWomen​ campaign introduces you to a different woman working in research in a Swiss National Centre of…

28.04.2021

#NCCRWomen: Gudela Grote, psychologist

#NCCRWomen: Gudela Grote, Psychologin

Meet Gudela Grote, Work and Organizational Psychology and researcher at NCCR Digital Fabrication and ETH Zurich. Gudela investigates which working conditions help people to perform and maintain well-being and how these conditions can be created in companies. The #NCCRWomen​ campaign introduces you…

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Events

01.10.2021

IROS Workshop: Robotic Fabrication: Sensing in Additive Construction

Recent advances in robotic technologies in architecture and civil engineering are pushing the development and integration of sensing solutions, allowing the quasi-real-time adaptation of building processes. Sensing is gradually enabling the handling of unknown or imprecise geometries and unforeseen construction errors and allow for quality inspection during and after the…

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2 Digital Bamboo M Kladeftira

22.05.2021 - 21.11.2021

Digital Bamboo at the Venice Biennale

The Digital Bamboo pavilion was designed for easy assembly and dis-assembly as a project by the MAS ETH DFAB. It will next will be exhibited in the Marinaressa Gardens, as part of the European Cultural Center exhibition "Time Space and Existence” which features projects that showcase innovative proposals and utopian dreams of…

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27.05.2021

ETH Global Lecture Series: No Time to Waste

Online Event - Sage Lenier, lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and Philippe Block, professor at ETH Zurich, discuss the topic of sustainability from their own research perspectives and how they would tackle societal and architectural challenges.

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Design IDL Opening Event Flyer

27.05.2021

Design++ and Immersive Design Lab Opening Event

During the event, you will hear about research perspectives from the diverse and interconnected domains of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science. The event will also feature the opening of the Immersive Design Lab (IDL) which was initiated and implemented by Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich. The event will be held online via Zoom, but…

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Hanif NCCR Talk

20.05.2021

Impact Lecture: Thickness of Impakt with Prof. Hanif Kara

Join professor Catherine de Wolf as she hosts professor Hanif Kara to present his Impact Lecture: Thickness of Impakt. Professor Hanif Kara is a design director of the engineering practice AKT II, based in London, where he leads the firm’s 350 designers and technicians, who collectively offer 50 cultural backgrounds and 30 languages. He is renowned as a creative driving force within the…

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17.05.2021

ITA on Construction Heritage

Silke Langenberg is Full Professor of Construction Heritage and Preservation at the Department of Architecture of ETH Zürich. With the naming of her professorship, she claimed a new research area at ETH Zurich, which deals with the perception and appreciation of building processes, technical and constructive…

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