A Collaborative Project on digitally fabricated prototypes for residential buildings, using natural materials and developed by three teams of university research centres and industry partners across Europe
Digital Fabrication Processes and Prototypes for Resource-Conscious Living Spaces
with the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Zukunft Bau Innovation Programme
Prototypes can demonstrate the kinds of building components possible with digital fabrication as well as make the underpinning processes and techniques tangible and comprehensible. Living Prototypes develops prototypes over two university semesters culminating with an exhibition at Aedes Architecture Forum.
- Three university-industry teams will undertake the conception, design, planning and fabrication of prototypes for everyday living space, using digital fabrication techniques and natural materials.
- Workshops with project advisors at ANCB will inform the formulation of the design challenge.
- A range of online and public formats accompanying the research project will instigate a discourse around a digital building culture, the uptake of digital fabrication in the building industry, the use of resource-efficient materials and the lifecycle of buildings.
- The exhibition at Aedes Architecture Forum will present the fabrication process, the functionality, and the physical appearance of the prototypes, while the accompanying ANCB symposium will share perspectives from all collaborating partners on potentials as well as limitations yet be overcome.
Living Prototypes responds to the concluding aims of ANCB’s 2017 discussion series Craftsmanship in the Digital Age. Architecture, Values and Digital Fabrication: It supports the transfer of advanced research from the laboratory to architecture practice, demonstrates how digital technologies enable the building industry to switch to resource-efficient building materials and construction, stimulates a digital building culture, and prompts further exploratory applications of digital fabrication in the sustainable construction, use and maintenance of buildings.