Benjamin Dillenburger / Numerical Material
The advancement of CNC production methods such as 3D printing is happening hand-in-hand with the increased computational power needed to calculate these high-resolution forms. For the first time, geometric complexity is no longer an impediment, but through its malleability it offers opportunity.
Architecture is now at a critical moment: Material can be synthesized and customized, and bits can be rendered to reality. Digital production methods are at the threshold of enabling the materialization of complexity at a full scale and an ultra-high resolution. Instead of using these technologies to mimic former details and concepts, architecture has to explore this new paradigm in a most radical and open manner.
Benjamin Dillenburger is an architect and programmer with a research focus on computational design and fabrication methods for architecture. He currently works as senior researcher and lecturer in the CAAD group at ETH’s architecture department in Zurich, where he is responsible for the Computational-Design classes of the Post Graduate Program.
He holds a Master of Advanced Study degree from ETH Zurich and a Master of Architecture Degree of the Technical University Kaiserslautern. Benjamin Dillenburger is also member of the studio KAISERSROT, an interdisciplinary consulting & design team exploring the potential of computational design for architecture and urban planning.
Andy Lomas (The Foundry)
Andy Lomas is a digital artist and Emmy award winning supervisor of computer generated effects. His production credits include Walking with Dinosaurs, The Matrix: Reloaded, The Matrix: Revolutions and Avatar. For a number of years he has been exploring how intricate complex organic forms can arise from the digital simulation of morphogenesis. This work takes inspiration from nature, but with the aim of investigating archetypal forms that can arise emergently from growth-like processes rather than top-down externally engineered design.
He has had art work exhibited in over 40 joint and solo exhibitions, including SIGGRAPH, the Japan Media Arts Festival, Festival Ars Electronica, the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and was selected by Saatchi Online to contribute to a special exhibition in the Zoo Art Fair at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Melissa Woolford / Nous – Museum of Architecture
Melissa Founded Nous in 2006 as an architecture gallery which has now become the Museum of Architecture. Nous Collaborative is a consultancy that grew out of an observation that architecture has the potential to grow out of the traditional working method into areas such as branding, marketing, design strategy and place-making. Melissa has worked with prominent brands and organisations such as Dove, Ocean Spray, Wild Turkey Bourbon and Wild Turkey Bourbon.
Melissa has a M.Arch from Pratt Institute and an Undergraduate Degree in Architecture from UMass Amherst. She worked as an architectural designer for Zaha Hadid Architects in London for three and a half years. Her knowledge of the profession, business acumen and her ever growing network of architects and designers allows her to create unique and successful projects. She continues to develop new business models and methods, working to expand the field of architecture by creating new opportunities and strategies.
TeamRoto (AA-DRL) (Octavian Mihai Gheorghiu + Natasha Gill + Nhan Vo + Sergey Krupin)