Last week I had the pleasure to attend the Fabricating Futures: Robots. Research. Design exhibition at the University of Sydney. The exhibition was run in conjunction with the Sydney Design 2015 festival and showcased research-led projects in architecture, design and fabrication including digitally fabricated models, interactive prototypes and robotic innovations created by students, staff and researchers within the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. The hundreds of works featured were made in multiple mediums that pushed the boundaries of technology in design.
As a major sponsor, BVN was asked to take part in the judging of the student work. Myself, along with Gabriele Ulacco of AR-MA and Mathew Aitchison of the University of Sydney, awarded eight prizes for ‘Innovative Use of Digital Fabrication’. All submissions were assessed in terms of the degree to which they contributed to the advancement of knowledge and understanding of fabrication in architecture. Contributions were considered in terms of: originality; significance; rigour; and communication. Ninotschka Titchkosky from BVN presented the awards at the exhibition opening, with prizes ranging from $250 vouchers for the minor prizes, up to $1000 vouchers for the major prizes.
The exhibition was a major success with the highlight of the night being the ‘BotBar’, their cocktail-making Kuka robot. The event concluded on Saturday with a symposium titled ‘The robotic revolution for architecture and design’ which explored the challenges and developments surrounding robotic integration into architecture, art and design. The symposium began the discourse in preparation for the RoblArch2016 conference due to be held in March 2016. Rob|Arch 2016 will be hosted by the University of Sydney and sponsored by BVN. Stay tuned for more information on this later.
Marjo Niemela (Sydney Uni), Ninotschka Titchkosky (BVN), Paul Wintour (BVN), and Chris Bickerton (BVN)