PLEXUS 15 _ 27th OF NOV 2014



Xavier De Kestelier / Foster + Partners

Xavier De Kestelier is joint head of Foster + Partners’ Specialist Modelling Group (SMG), the architecture practice’s multi-disciplinary research and development group. With this team of computational architects and engineers, he has worked on projects such as Beijing Airport, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Kuwait Airport and the Yachtplus super yachts. break

His team has acted as a design and technology catalyst and has been involved in ground breaking research in the field of large scale 3d printing. They were for example part of a consortium set up by the European Space Agency (ESA) to explore the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as regolith, as building matter.

Over the years Xavier has been a Visiting Professor at Ghent University, Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University and is currently a Teaching Fellow at The Bartlett School of Architecture. Since 2010 , he has been one of the directors of Smartgeometry, a non-profit educational organisation for computational design and digital fabrication.



Kostas Grigoriadis /AA

Kostas Grigoriadis studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL followed by a Master in Architecture and Urbanism at the Architectural Association’s Design Research Laboratory. His work has been exhibited at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Royal Academy of Arts and Arup Phase 2 Gallery in London and featured in various books and architecture magazines; namely in issues of Architectural Design and Future Arquitecturas among others. Having previously worked for Foster+ Partners and co-directed the Architectural Association’s Visiting School at the UN Buffer Zone in Cyprus, he is currently Unit Master of Diploma Unit 2 at the Architectural Association and Visiting Lecturer at ADS1 at the MA in Architecture at the Royal College of Art, where he is also pursuing a PhD in Architecture by Project. The focus of his research is on multi-material design methodologies and material behaviour simulations. He has recently been the recipient of the Ivan Petrovic Prize award at eCAADe 2014 and set up research collaborative continuumatters©


Lilian van Daal

lilianvandaal01_photography by Martin Jansen_low

Lilian van Daal (1988), graduated from Industrial Product Design – Arnhem in 2010. In January 2014 she graduated from the Postgraduate Course Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art – The Hague with the project; Biomimicry 3D printed soft seat. 

Besides her own work, she has worked for Design Drift, Feiz Design and Bleijh Concept & Design. She started in 2010 with working as junior designer at StudioMOM, where she still works. StudioMOM is a design studio with extensive experience in designing products with a strong, clear identity.

BIOMIMICRY: 3D PRINTED SOFT SEAT (2014) is the graduation project of designer Lilian van Daal. The production and assembly process of soft seating (couches) is normally far from sustainable: it is made from various materials prepared for assembly in different factories. It is also difficult to recycle the various parts. With BIOMIMICRY: 3D PRINTED SOFT SEAT Lilian van Daal thought of a new concept to make the production of soft seating more sustainable through 3D printing.

In nature many structures are to be found that man is not able to produce. 3D printing however does make it possible to reproduce these complex structures. In this way a product can be created from one material in one factory, although it has the properties of various materials. Pollution caused by transport can be minimized. The first working prototype has been made possible by 3D Systems Benelux.

Fibro.City / The Bartlett GAD-RC1



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