Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Robotics Atelier, testing the limits and potential of 3D printing

Sponsored by the Norman Foster Foundation, the third edition of the Robotics Atelier 2019 took place in Madrid, Spain, last November.

Ten students were awarded a scholarship from the Norman Foster Foundation Robotics Atelier. They came from diverse backgrounds, including architecture, arts and humanities, computational design, and digital fabrication.

The selected scholars explored new opportunities for combining emerging technologies with experimental fabrication processes:

  • How can 3D printing become a reality? 
  • How can 3D printing lead to more sustainable architecture? 
  • How will robots influence the future of design processes and the built environment?

The workshop continued the ground-breaking innovations made possible by 3D printing within the architecture and construction industries, such as primarily focusing on prints made with recycled plastics recovered from the oceans.

The workshop included six seminars by accredited academic professors and industry professionals, several working sessions, group reviews, and one-on-one tutoring, as well as a guided tour of the Reina Sofía Museum and the Medialab-Prado.

The lectures and working sessions were also documented and recorded, to be included in the Norman Foster Foundation’s Archive, accessible to scholars and researchers around the globe.

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