Norman Foster Foundation Workshop 2019—Robotics

The third edition of the Norman Foster Foundation Robotics Atelier will take place on 4-8 November 2019, with the support of the Rolex Institute.

‘Over the past ten years, designers have been teased by the potential applications of 3D printing. Anything from 3D-printed cars to violins; 3D printing has been proclaimed to be the inception of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ states Xavier De Kestelier. As he puts it, ‘Although 3D printing has been a major disrupter in medical sciences, mechanical engineering and to a certain extent consumer products, It could be argued that its true impact on the architecture industry is yet to come.’

This workshop will focus on large-scale 3D printing with recycled plastics. A special challenge is to design a building skin that can have multiple functionalities embedded within one complex geometrical system and, at the same time, that can integrate a variety of functions able to respond to specific environments.

The Academic Body spans a wide range of practitioners that work in different fields related to manufacturing and digital fabrication. This year’s Academic Body includes Philip Beesley, Director of the Living Architecture Systems Group, Toronto, Professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada and the European Graduate School in Switzerland; Adrian Bowyer, Founder and Director of RepRap Ltd, Nootdorp, The Netherlands; Anna Dyson, Founding Director of the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (CEA), New Haven, United States; Manuel Jiménez García, Founding Partner of Nagami, Ávila, Spain; Xavier De Kestelier, Principal and Head of Design Technology and Innovation at HASSELL Studio, London, United Kingdom; Achim Menges, Director of the Institute for Computational Design (ICD), Stuttgart University, Stuttgart, Germany; Frédéric Migayrou, Deputy Director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre de Création Industrielle (MNAM-CCI) at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Claudia Pasquero, Director and Co-founder of ecoLogicStudio, London, United Kingdom; Liam Young, Director of the Masters of Science in Fiction and Entertainment at Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, United States.

After reviewing applications submitted by hundreds of candidates from around the world, the selection committee awarded ten scholarships to students from the following universities and institutions: The Ashesi University, Berekuso, Ghana; The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; The University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States; ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland; The American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon; The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece; CENTRO Diseño, Cine y Televisión, Mexico City, Mexico; Harvard University, Cambridge, United States; The Institute for Computational Design (ICD), Stuttgart University, Stuttgart, Germany; and the MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, United States.

The Robotics Atelier will include seminars, lectures, one-to-one tutoring and architectural tours. The Atelier will culminate in a five-day workshop led by the Workshop mentor, Xavier De Kestelier, Principal and Head of Design Technology and Innovation at HASSELL Studio, London, United Kingdom.