O objectivo deste simpósio consiste na realização de um estado da arte como ponto de partida para o entendimento do que representa a fabricação digital em arquitectura e áreas análogas como design, arte e construção.

Através da fusão entre a arquitectura, a computação e a fabricação amplia-se o campo de pesquisa conceptual e das possibilidades de materialização, impulsionando-se assim uma transformação radical na abordagem das questões arquitectónicas.

Procura-se desafiar os participantes neste simpósio a questionar como a exploração da computação pode contribuir para melhorar o desenho e a performance da arquitectura; como a experiência e percepção do espaço podem enriquecer-se através da integração de tecnologias emergentes da arquitectura; como a forma pode ser gerada e evoluir paramétricamente e, acima de tudo, como tirar partido da modelação digital para produzir objectos físicos diferenciados.

A fabricação digital é um campo de trabalho ainda pouco conhecido e explorado em Portugal nas áreas da arquitectura e no qual apenas alguns investigadores trabalham. Neste contexto, pretende-se que o simpósio seja amplamente divulgado junto da sociedade em geral mas também do público especializado da arquitectura, artes plásticas, engenharia, construção, entre outros de modo a divulgar as potencialidades deste tipo de abordagem ao objecto arquitectónico. O público a quem se destina este simpósio é muito variado e inclui desde projectistas, investigadores, estudantes, técnicos de empresas e indústrias das áreas de arquitectura, engenharia, design.

Por outro lado, o convite feito a alguns dos especialistas mais conceituados internacionalmente na área da fabricação digital e multimédia fará com que a comunidade científica internacional seja também chamada a participar neste simpósio.

The aim of this symposium is to set a state of the art of digital fabrication in architecture and similar areas such as design, fine arts and construction.

Through the fusion of architecture, computing and manufacturing the field of research and the conceptual possibilities of materialization are enlarged, radically transforming the traditional approaches to the architectural issues.

We seek to challenge the participants in this symposium to explore how computing can improve the design and performance of architecture, how the experience and perception of space can be enriched through the integration of emerging technologies in architecture, how the shape can be generated parametrically and evolve and, above all, how to take advantage of digital modelling to produce differentiated physical objects.

Digital manufacturing is still poorly understood and used by architects in Portugal, with only a reduced number of researchers involved. In this context, it is intended that the symposium will be widely disseminated in society in general and in architecture, fine arts, engineering and construction specialized audience in order to disclose the potential of this approach to the architectural object. The audience of this symposium should be varied: designers, researchers, students, technicians, businesses and industries in the areas of architecture, engineering and design.

Moreover, the presence of some of the most respected international experts in the field of manufacturing and digital media will appeal to the international scientific community.



Parallel events

ISCTE-IUL is pleased to present SUTURE, an expanded cinema installation by New York based a|Um STUDIO (Carla Leitão, Ed Keller).

During the Symposium Digital Fabrication – a State of Art, on the 9th and 10th of September 2011, a|Um STUDIO will be exhibiting SUTURE installation.

The concept of suture, a key term in film theory is reconfigured in a|Um STUDIO’s installation to propose a new architectural body created through event, gesture and temporality informed by a contemporary reconsideration of cinematic and architectural affect, the installation uses digital video as a critical lens and interface to expose the relations between humans and their environment. SUTURE creates new forms of sense ans agency through autonomous feedback loops within the media assemblage, embedding the visitors in an intricate relational structure of gestures, objects, events, materials, and urban infrastructures, allowing them to actively reshape space and event.

A landscape of sculpted furniture and pressure sensors in the floor organizes circulation flows and points of view, provides interaction points and encourages visitors to create new signal paths and new cycles in the project. Three networked computers, three video projections and a soundscape form the layers of event, which accumulate and mutate according to rules of self-organization in the network.

Through their gestures as they encounter the installation visitors mediate between abstract and real space cinematic and haptic events.

Every image, in fact, is animated by an antinomic polarity: on the one hand, images are the reification and obliteration of a gesture … on the other hand, they preserve the dynamis intact (as in Muybridge’s snapshots or in any sports photograph). The former corresponds to the recollection seized by voluntary memory, while the latter corresponds to the image flashing in the epiphany of involuntary memory. And while the former lives in magical isolation, the latter always refers beyond itself to a whole of which it is a part… the gesture … opens the sphere of ethos as the more proper sphere of that which is human … (and) is communication of a communicability.

Giorgio Agamben, Means Without End

Title: “Suture”

Concept/Design/original videos: a|Um Studio (Carla Leitão, Ed Keller) http://www.aumstudio.org/

Programming: George Showman

Other relevant events

15-16 Abril 2011, Londres FABRICATE 2011

FABRICATE is an International Peer Reviewed Conference with supporting publication and exhibition to be held at The Bartlett School of Architecture in London from 15-16 April 2011. Discussing the progressive integration of digital design with manufacturing processes, FABRICATE will bring together pioneers in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology and computation. Discussion on key themes will include: how digital fabrication technologies are enabling new creative and construction opportunities, the difficult gap that exists between digital modeling and its realization, material performance and manipulation, off-site and on-site construction, interdisciplinary education, economic and sustainable contexts. FABRICATE has emerged as the first in a series of focused events from the highly successful ‘Digital Architecture London’ Conference and ‘Digital Hinterlands’ Exhibition in September 2009. Organised by The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, FABRICATE frames discussion around the presentation of built or partially built works by individuals/collaborators in research, practice and industry selected through our Call for Works (Now Closed). From more than 240 submissions our international panel of experts have independently blind reviewed and selected an innovative range of projects to feature in FABRICATE’s conference, exhibition and publication. To be kept up to date with announcements on the conference please visit our homepage. You can also follow us through our newsletter and twitter feed.