Escalator stairs reconfigured into hanging sculptural piece in Wynard Station
11 March, 5.30 – 8pm

Beyond Industry 4.0: digital fabrication and craft

Adults Industry
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The integration of traditional crafts, materials and construction knowledge with new cutting-edge collaborative digital fabrication technologies is essential if future cities are to have a deeper meaning, a vital culture and a sustainable economy.

Digital infrastructure and technologies are increasingly an essential part of cities. Future cities however, will continue to be built using a mix of both new materials and sustainable traditional materials such as timber. The blending of traditional materials with emerging technologies and global supply chains, is therefore a necessity for future sustainable cities.

This talk brings together leading experts in digital fabrication and manufacturing together with master practitioners of architectural, design and crafts for a stimulating discussion on the future of digital fabrication and traditional materials and craftsmanship. Computational design, sustainable craft traditions, cutting-edge technologies and the evolution of construction knowledge are some of the themes to be discussed.


Chair: Scott Hawken, Smart Cities Research Cluster UNSW

  • Robert Beson, Director AR-MA, Sydney: Computational design and fabrication for diverse contexts
  • Masaaki Iwamoto, Kyushu University, Japan: Reflections on the Radical Computational Architecture of Shoei Yoh
  • Yosuke Komiyama, Kyoto University, Japan: Advanced Design with Timber: Japanese and UK approaches
  • Dr Nicole Gardner, Computational Design UNSW, Sydney: Digital crafting: reconfiguring human-machine relations

Followed by a Panel Discussion with the speakers and Giulia Conti (Hassell Studio), Chris Fox (Artist) and Kate Dunn (UNSW Sydney Built Environment).

Presented by UNSW Sydney and Kyushu University and Sponsored by the Australian Japan Foundation, DFAT and Kyushu University, Japan.

Image: Chris Fox ‘Interloop’ 2017. Wynyard Station, Sydney. Photo: Josh Raymond.