One decade of Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich – The Architecture of Digital Fabrication

January 4, 2016By Alessandro CarabiniDigital Manufacturing No Comments

In 2005, the group of Gramazio Kohler Research built the world’s first robotic laboratory to explore the intersections between architecture and robotics. This endeavour has been formative for the discipline, setting precedence and de facto creating a new research field merging interests in computational design, material innovation and automated fabrication. Now, ten years later, the … Read More

Active Matter Summit Sessions at MIT

December 29, 2015By Alessandro CarabiniComputational Design, Digital Manufacturing No Comments

In recent decades, developments in software and hardware technologies have created dramatic shifts in design, manufacturing and research. Software technologies have facilitated automated process and new solutions for complex problems. Computation has also become a platform for creativity through generative art and design. New hardware platforms and digital fabrication technologies have similarly transformed manufacturing, offering … Read More

Using computer algorithms in design is like “sculpting with a new material”

December 28, 2015By Alessandro CarabiniComputational Design, Digital Manufacturing, New Materials No Comments

Alessandro Zomparelli of Italian design studio MHOX, which produces customised 3D-printed fashion accessories, says designing with computer algorithms is like exploring a new material. “It’s exciting to be a designer today, because we have digital tools that allow us to create something incredible,” Zomparelli says in the the movie, which was filmed by Dezeen at … Read More

Mataerial Introduction

September 5, 2015By Alessandro CarabiniDigital Manufacturing No Comments

MATAERIAL is the result of the collaborative research between Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio. IAAC tutors representing Open Thesis Fabrication Program provided their advice and professional expertise. During the course of the research they developed a brand new digital fabrication method and a working … Read More

Digital Grotesque . Printing Architecture

September 5, 2015By Alessandro CarabiniDigital Manufacturing No Comments

Digital Grotesque is the first fully immersive, solid, human-scale, enclosed structure that is entirely 3D printed out of sand. This structure, measuring 16 square meters, is materialized with details at the threshold of human perception. Every aspect of this architecture is composed by custom-designed algorithms. Please visit for a further description. Architects: Michael Hansmeyer … Read More