The Numerical Material Symposium 2019 will discuss strategies to create a more sustainable and diverse built environment through the combination of computational design and digital fabrication processes such as large-scale additive manufacturing.
With 3D printing, we can synthesize parts based on material, energy and information at a high resolution down to a grain of sand. These developments raise a set of fundamental questions to the discipline of architecture: How do novel fabrication methods influence design process, and the final outcome? How do they impact structure, form and ornament? Armed with these new digital fabrication methods, do we also need new design tools? Are we emancipating architecture from material or does material become the main driver for innovation?
Finally, the event will shed light on the future relation between tradition and innovation in this field: will we be travelling down to earth or up to the moon?