MSD at HOME with Philippe Block, Jane Burry and Roland Snooks

Philippe Block
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Philippe BLOCK, Jane BURRY, Roland SNOOKS and Paul LOH

Digital fabrication post-COVID-19: rethinking construction techniques or business-as-usual

As part of the Future Prototyping 2020 exhibition, and now a virtual collection at the Melbourne School of Design, we have invited three prominent figures to rethink the role of technology in design and construction post-COVID-19. Professor Philippe Block (2020 Treseder Fellows), Professor Jane Burry and A/Professor Roland Snooks with Dr Paul Loh as moderator will reflect on how technology allows us to rethink future construction. From waste reduction to re-using waste, from hybrid construction techniques to resilient in geometry, we will discuss issues on local manufacturing, global supply chain, and its impact on architecture, design and construction through their work. Join us for an energetic discussion on the future of design and fabrication.



Presentation and Q+A

Date: Wednesday, 24th June 2020
Venue: Online - ABP Zoom Webinar
Event link: Once you have registered the event link + password will be emailed to you 2 days before the event and then again 2 hours before the event begins
Time: 18:00 - 19:30 AEST* Melbourne (UTC +10) | 10:00 Zurich (UTC +2)

*Singapore: Wednesday, 24June 2020, 16:00 – 17:30;  SGT (UTC +8)
*Dubai: Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 12:00 – 13:30;  GST (UTC +4)
*London: Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 09:00 - 10.30; BST (UTC +1)
*NYC: Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 04:00 – 05:30;  EDT (UTC -4)
*Los Angeles: Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 01:00 – 02:30;  PDT (UTC -7)


Professor Philippe Block
Dr. Philippe Block is a full professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, where he leads the Block Research Group (BRG) with Dr. Tom Van Mele. Philippe is also Director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Digital Fabrication. Philippe studied architecture and structural engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, where he earned his PhD in 2009. With the BRG, he applies research into practice on the design and engineering of novel shell structures. He has won numerous awards, including the Rössler Prize for most promising young professor from ETH Zürich (2018) and the Berlin Arts Prize 2018 for Baukunst. Philippe is awarded the Treseder Fellowship in 2020 at the Melbourne School of Design.

Professor Jane Burry
Jane Burry is an architect, professor and Dean of the School of Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. She is founding dean for a new practice-centred architecture, urban and architectural engineering program, focused on the future of technology, human and non-human wellbeing and urban ecologies. Lead author of The New Mathematics of Architecture, T&H, 2010, editor of Designing the Dynamic, Melbourne Books, 2013 and co-author of Prototyping for Architects, T&H 2016 she has over a hundred other publications. Her PhD, inspired by research and project architect experience in the technical office at Gaudí’s Sagrada Família Basilica with partner Mark Burry, was titled Logic and Intuition in Architectural Modelling: Philosophy of Mathematics for Computational Design.  Recent collaborative research, teaching and postgraduate supervision addresses the interface of architecture with acoustic, thermal and airflow dynamics and the roles of simulation, digital fabrication, rich data gathering and AI in more sustainable and enlivening design.

A/Professor Roland Snooks
Roland Snooks is an Associate Professor at RMIT University, and director of the architectural practice Studio Roland Snooks. Roland’s design research explores behavioural processes of formation that draw from the logic of swarm intelligence and multi-agent algorithms. Roland has taught widely in the US including at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, SCI-Arc and the Pratt Institute. He received a PhD from RMIT and a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, where he studied on a Fulbright scholarship. Roland directs a research lab at RMIT University that explores the architectural design implications of emerging technologies with a focus on computational design and additive manufacturing. His work has been exhibited widely and acquired for the permanent collections of institutions including the Centre Pompidou and the FRAC.

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