Exhibition Beyond Transparency - Robotic Glass Architecture

Exhibition: 22nd September - 15th October 2021

Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue

Visits on request only : please contact giesecke@arch.ethz.ch

The glass pavilion Beyond Transparency explores how innovation can transform industry float glass using computational design processes and digital fabrication. The pavilion is a 40 square meter oval room. A 18 meter long 360 multi-colored filter, reinterprets its surrounding landscape and showcases how standardized architectural materials can be robotically enhanced for site specific characteristics. Beyond Transparency is designed by students of the Master in Advanced Studies in Architecture and Digital Fabrication 2020-2021 at the ETH Zurich and is based on previous research at the chair of Digital Building Technologies.

MAS DFAB Trimester 3 Final Review Individual Thesis

Tuesday 21.09.2020, 9:00 - 17:00

Remote Presentation - https://ethz.zoom.us/j/65302260447 ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space 2


Kathrin Doerfler -  School of Engineering and Design Technische Universität München

Thomas Wortmann - University of Stuttgart 

Prof. Silke Langenberg - ETH Zurich

During the final trimester of the MAS, students pursue individual or group projects in collaboration with the researchers from DBT and Gramazio Kohler Research, with a strong focus on their interests developed throughout the academic year. Join us!

MAS DFAB Trimester 2 Final Review - Beyond Transparency

Thursday 10.06.2021

Guests: Faidra Oikonomopoulou and Telesilla Bristogianni - TU Delft, Oliver Domeisen, Bartlett School of Architecture

In the 2nd Trimester of the MAS in Digital Fabrication, students continue to apply their knowledge of digital tools and additive manufacturing. The topic is based on an ongoing research project on robotic glass kilning. In 12 weeks, the students have tested how digital technologies and glass manufacturing can be used to create new architectural experiences, based on properties of form, color, light and process parameters. The creative potential and interconnection between fabrication processes, materiality, color and geometry will be presented in an outdoor pavilion located in the gardens of Swiss Re Center for Global Dialogue in Rüschlikon.

Tutors: Rena Giesecke, Remy Clemente, Eleni Skevaki, Ioanna Mitropoulo, Coordination : Yael Ifrah

Photo Student work : Evgenia Angelaki, Sunny Anthraper, Artemis Maneka, Beril Önalan, Foteini Salveridou

Photo credits: Lian Stähelin, DBT


Lios, Michael Stern and Daniel Lizardo
Lecture: Lios Design Studio: Molten 3D Printing and Digital Glass

Tuesday, 18.05.2021, 15:00 

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Co-founders Michael Stern and Daniel Lizardo began their studio, Lios, as a vessel to realize projects in glass with unique form and behavior using the molten glass 3D printing process they helped to invent while students of MIT's engineering and architecture schools. Their work combines tools from digital fabrication, computational design and traditional glassblowing in order to connect glass's incredible materiality to advanced manufacturing processes as guided through a lens of design creativity. A humility to understanding material behavior is the core of the practice, and they assemble a concert of process, design, and product simultaneously to produce glass as truly unique forms, bespoke designs, and transformative spaces in the built environment.

More info: liosdesign.com


Quayola  | Lecture: Gazing Machines 

Friday, 16.04.2021, 10:30-11:30

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom *

Quayola employs technology as a lens to explore the tensions and equilibriums between seemingly opposing forces: the real and artificial, figurative and abstract, old and new. Constructing immersive installations, he engages with and re-imagines canonical imagery through contemporary technology. Landscape painting, classical sculpture and iconography are some of the historical aesthetics that serve as a point of departure for Quayola’s hybrid compositions. His varied practice, all deriving from custom computer software, also includes audiovisual performance, immersive video installations, sculpture, and works on paper.

Photography: courtesy of Quayola

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Matteo Gonet  | Glass Works Matteo Gonet
Lecture: Glassworks

Friday, 16.04.2021, 16:30-17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Matteo Gonet GmbH. is a workshop where both experimentation and production are being explored and implemented. Founded in 2004, the workshop was established in a former aluminium factory, on the southern outskirts of basel. Specialized in « bespoke » work and ceaselessly aiming to improve new production techniques, glassworks masters a great number of skills : blown glass, poured glass, thermoforming, cutting, sanding, silvering… all this thanks to our craftsmen’s multiple and complementary skills, a source of wealth for our workshop. By exploring beyond our mere skills, we are willing to expose our know-how to all volume types and sizes with great coordination and to open our doors to various productions : project development, prototyping, limited or medium-sized editions.

Matteo recently hosted last October a Seminar Woche for Prof. Theriot.


Photography: courtesy of Matteo Gonet




Simon Mazoyer, Romain Hivet  | Saint Gobain R & D
Lecture: Virtual glazing at Saint-Gobain

Friday, 26.03.2021, 16:30-17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Saint-Gobain is a building material company. During the last 10 years we used computed generated imagery (CGI) to conceive and promote our materials. Our specificity in the CGI world is that we focus our efforts on rendering the materials, our products, with the highest level of fidelity. We use slower and niche rendering technics to try to minimize the approximations made during the rendering process. We will focus our presentation of the tools and methods we develop to render our glazing products.


Romain Hivet and Simon Mazoyer are R&D project leaders at Saint-Gobain Research Paris, one of the corporate research center of the Saint-Gobain group. We are both physicist by training:  Simon was awarded a PhD in Physics from Université Paris-Saclay in 2011 and Romain from Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris-VI in 2013. We have been working the last years on modelling and rendering of Saint-Gobain glazing materials. 

Photography: Laurent Kronental / Architect : Valode&Pistre



Mathias Bernhard | University of Pennsylvania
Lecture: Encoding Artefacts

Friday, 23.03.2021, 15:45-16:15

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Mathias Bernhard is a postdoctoral researcher at the Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. Before that, he was a postdoc at Digital Building Technologies, ETH Zurich. He holds a Doctor of Sciences (Dr. sc.) in Architecture from ETH Zurich. He is an architect with profound specialization in computational design, digital fabrication, and information technology. In particular, he is interested in how artefacts can be encoded, made machine-readable, and digitally operational. His research focuses on how the increasingly ubiquitous availability of data and computational power influences the design process and how different methods of artificial intelligence, machine learning or evolutionary strategies can be employed in the development of our built environment.




 Oliver Domeisen | UCL Bartlett School of Architecture
Lecture: Through the Looking-Glass: on frames, colours and altered views

Friday, 26.03.2021, 15:00-15:30

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Oliver Domeisen AADipl is a London-based Swiss architect, ornamentalist, curator and academic. He is a History & Theory Lecturer and Diploma Thesis advisor at UCL Bartlett and recent Guest Lecturer at the Institute of Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck University. He taught MArch design studios and History & Theory as a visiting Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and as a Unit Master at the Architectural Association. He previously worked as Curator of Contemporary Architecture at the V&A, as project architect for Zaha Hadid and is a co-founder of dlm architectural designers Ltd. 
He produced the “Re-sampling Ornament” exhibition and catalogue for the Swiss Architecture Museum Basel and Arkitekturmuseet Stockholm. He has lectured, acted as a guest critic and external examiner at Yale School of Architecture, ETH Zürich, Innsbruck University, V&A, Eikones Institute Basel, Art Basel, Welsh School of Architecture, Werner Oechslin Foundation, HSLU Lucerne etc. His writing has been published in various books and periodicals (Archithese, Detail, SAM, Volume, A.D., et al.). 



Image: After Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788); Man Holding a Claude Glass. Undated (Yale Center for British Art)




Oliver Domeisen
Lecture: Out of Line: A conversation about linear ornament between regulated order and free expression

Firday, 26.02.2021, 16:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom


Oliver Domeisen AADipl is a London-based Swiss architect, ornamentalist, curator and academic. He is a History & Theory Lecturer and Diploma Thesis advisor at UCL Bartlett and recent Guest Lecturer at the Institute of Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck University. He taught MArch design studios and History & Theory as a visiting Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and as a Unit Master at the Architectural Association. He previously worked as Curator of Contemporary Architecture at the V&A, as project architect for Zaha Hadid and is a co-founder of dlm architectural designers Ltd. 
He produced the “Re-sampling Ornament” exhibition and catalogue for the Swiss Architecture Museum Basel and Arkitekturmuseet Stockholm. He has lectured, acted as a guest critic and external examiner at Yale School of Architecture, ETH Zürich, Innsbruck University, V&A, Eikones Institute Basel, Art Basel, Welsh School of Architecture, Werner Oechslin Foundation, HSLU Lucerne etc. His writing has been published in various books and periodicals (Archithese, Detail, SAM, Volume, A.D., et al.). 

Hartmut Göhler and Pinar Gönül 
Lecture: About Plaster

Tuesday, 16.02.2021, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom


Plaster is one of the most common but unknow building materials. The lecture gives an insight into the world of plaster. Topics are the composition of plaster and the strong correlation between material, craft technique and surface. Some built examples of plaster constructions will round of the lecture.

Ilmar Hurkxkens
Lecture: Dynamic Design in Dynamic Environments

Friday, 12.02.2021, 11:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom


Ilmar Hurkxkens is post-doctoral researcher at Gramazio Kohler Research and lecturer in the Master of Science in Landscape Architecture, ETH Zurich. His work focusses on adaptive and resilient design solutions in natural granular material systems through the development of computational modelling tools and dynamic fabrication processes in terrain. Currently, he is working on the forthcoming Publication “Robotic Landscapes” (editor, et. al.) to be published by Park Books in Zurich, Switzerland.

Zach Cohen
Lecture: Not-Classical, Not-Digital: The Architectural Potential of Digitally Fabricated Traces

Friday, 12.02.2021, 15:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Zach Cohen is an architectural designer, researcher, and educator. His work examines the ways in which architects can use digital fabrication to imagine architectural forms and design processes. Zach is currently the Christos Yessios Visiting Assistant Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. Previously, he was a Research Lead at the Self-Assembly Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Zach is also the co-founder and co-principal of the Brooklyn-based architectural design practice 'commoncraft'. Zach holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT.

Anne Holtrop
Lecture: Site, Matter, Gesture

Friday, 11.02.2021, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Anne Holtrop (1977, Netherlands) started his own practice in 2009. His studios are currently in Amsterdam (NL) and Muharraq (BH). In 2015 the first two major buildings, the Museum Fort Vechten and the National Pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain, were completed. The Customs House in Manama, operational as main post office, and the Qaysariya Suq and Green Corner Building in Muharraq were recently realized. The studio has completed new stores for Maison Margiela, with flagship stores in London, Paris, Osaka and Shanghai, and is currently working on the completion of several Unesco listed heritage buildings in Bahrain: the Murad Boutique Hotel and the Siyadi Pearl Museum.

Anne Holtrop is an associate professor at the ETH in Zurich. For his practice he received in 2007 the Charlotte Köhler Prize for Architecture by the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation, in 2016 the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize and in 2019 the Aga Khan Award. In 2016 the 2G monograph series dedicated its 73rd issue to Studio Anne Holtrop. In 2020  a new monograph: “Site, Matter, Gesture” by El Croquis is published on the practice and its continuous research. The work of the studio, as well as the teaching and research outcome are presented and collected internationally in biennales and institutions, recently at the first Sharjah Architecture Triennial, the Seoul Architecture Biennial, Frac Le Plateau and upcoming at the Carnegie Museum of Art. 

AATB - Andrea Anner and Thibault Brevet
Lecture: Robots at your fingertips

Friday, 04.02.2021, 16:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Andrea and Thibault  will give an insight into their practice. Starting from building their own machines ten years ago during their graphic design studies, AATB have encountered an industrial robotic arm few years later. This led them to found AATB. AATB explores the idea of Non-Industrial Robotics: The studio is experimenting with industrial robotic systems such as robotic arms and industrial automation processes. It develops works engaging with Human-Machine Interactions through the lens of kinetic and interactive situations. Since 2020, the studio operates a Motion Control service for the film industry: Superposition.

AATB was founded by Andrea Anner and Thibault Brevet. Andrea Anner was born in Zurich, Switzerland, graduated from ECAL in 2012 with a MA in Art Direction: Type Design, and in 2008 from ZHDK with a BA in Visual Communication. Thibault Brevet was born in Lyon, France, graduated from ECAL in 2015 with a MA in Visual Arts and in 2012 with a BA in Graphic Design.

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Mario Carpo

Lecture: Designers redesign robotics

Thursday, 28.01.2021, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Mario Carpo,  Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory, the Bartlett, University College London; Professor of Architectural Theory, Die Angewandte (University of Applied Arts), Vienna.
Carpo's research and publications focus on the relationship among architectural theory, cultural history, and the history of media and information technology.  His Architecture in the Age of Printing (2001) has been translated into several languages. His most recent books are The Second Digital Turn: Design Beyond Intelligence (2017), The Alphabet and the Algorithm, a history of digital design theory (2011); and The Digital Turn in Architecture, 1992-2012, an AD Reader.  

Paul Loh

Lecture: Digital Material Practice: Craft and Agency

Thursday, 22.01.2021, 10:30

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Dr Paul Loh is a practising architect and senior lecturer at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. His research focuses on the cognitive engagement of making in design practice with digital fabrication and robotics. He studied architecture at the University of Melbourne, University of East London (UEL), the Architectural Association (Design Research Lab) and gained his doctorate at RMIT University with a dissertation on Digital Material Practice: the Agency of Making. Paul has previously taught at UEL and the AA. He is a founding partner of LLDS | Power to Make, a Melbourne-based design, research and digital fabrication practice - www.llds.com.au


Giulio Brugnaro

Lecture: Material Knowledge

Thursday, 22.01.2021, 13:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Giulio Brugnaro is an architect, design technologist and researcher exploring how emerging technologies empower design innovation and sustainable practices.

He recently got awarded a PhD degree from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College of London with research encompassing the fields of Industry 4.0, robotic fabrication and applied machine learning for design-to-production workflows, conducted as part of the Innochain Research Network (EU H2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions). In parallel, he had the privilege to work as a Teaching Fellow and Thesis Advisor for the M.Arch. Design for Manufacture at the University College of London, exploring the potential of manufacturing and digital technologies applied to the realms of construction and product design. Previously, he received a B.Arch. in Architectural Sciences at IUAV University of Venice and an M.Sc. in Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research at the University of Stuttgart.


Michael Wessely

Lecture: Personal Fabrication of Physical User Interfaces

Thursday, 21.01.2021, 18:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Michael Wessely is a post-doctoral researcher working with Stefanie Mueller at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT. His research focuses on the personal fabrication of interactive materials that integrate computing capabilities and can sense and control their material properties. He has published several papers at ACM CHI and ACM UIST, the leading conferences in Human-Computer-Interaction, and received for his work 2 Best Paper Awards and a Best Paper Nomination. 

MAS DFAB Trimester 1 Final Review - 3d printed facade

Thursday 17.12.2020, 9:00 - 12:00

To join the remote presentation, register on this  Eventbrite link.


Roland Snooks, RMIT University and Arno Schlüter, ETH Zurich

The 5-week mini-project of the MAS DFAB 20-21 focuses on 3D printing facades. The students learn and develop fabrication-aware design strategies for additively manufactured facades. Topics like structural integrity or active shading are explored alongside aspects of breathability and thermal insulation.


The 16 students are divided into 8 groups, develop computational design methods, and fabricate 1:1 prototypes, using a custom robotic polymer extrusion setup. Through an iterative process of designing and 3D printing the aim is to develop smart, innovative, and integrated facade components.

Arno Schlüter

Lecture: Adaptive Façade

Friday, 11.12.2020, 11:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Arno Schlüter holds a degree (Dipl.Ing.Architektur) from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, a postgraduate degree in CAAD and a PhD in building systems from ETH Zurich. In 2010, he was appointed Assistant Professor and in 2014, Full Professor of Architecture and Building Systems (A/S) at the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA), ETH Zurich. Since 2013, he is also a Principal Investigator at the Singapore-​ETH Future Cities Lab. He currently is the Head of the Institute of Technology in Architecture of ETH Zurich and a member of the management board of the ETH Energy Science Centre.


In his research, he and his interdisciplinary team focus on sustainable building systems, new adaptive components and their synergetic integration into architecture and urban design using computational approaches for modelling, analysis, and control. In 2009, he co-​founded the design and engineering office KEOTO.ch, where he is part of the management board. The work of the A/S group has been published in scientific journals, magazines and books and has won international competitions and prizes.

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Moritz Mungenast

Lecture: 3D Printed Façade of the Future - From Research to Application

Friday, 11.12.2020, 14:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Moritz Mungenast is currently coordinator and managing-director of the TU München research project ‘Façade of the Future – 3D Printed, Functional-Integrated and Recyclable Façade Deutsches Museum München’. He is founder of 3F STUDIO - 3D Printed Architecture - and is responsible for its business development and strategy. Since 2009, his academic work at the TU München aims to develop architectural solutions that reduce building technology and simplify the construction processes through digital tools. In conjunction with his teaching activities along with visiting professors Jacob van Rijs, Stefan Behnisch, Max Dudler and Charles Walker amongst others, he gained his PhD (Title: ‘3D Printed Future Façade’) and directs the area of research „3D Printed Building Envelope“, which examines the potential of additive manufacturing in architecture. He initiated the TUM Group „Additive Manufacturing in Construction“ with Klaudius Henke and he is a regular speaker at universities, companies and conferences. After his architectural studies at the TU Kaiserslautern, EPFL Lausanne, UPC Barcelona and TU Munich, from 2003-11 he worked as an architect at Shigeru Ban Architects Paris and Auer+Weber+Assoziierte Munich.

Roland Snooks

Lecture: Printed Tectonics

Friday, 04.12.2020, 10:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Roland Snooks is director at Studio Roland Snooks and Associate Professor at RMIT University. His design research explores behavioral processes of formation drawing from the logic of swarm intelligence and operation of multi-agent algorithms. Snooks has taught widely in the US, including  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. Snooks directs a research lab at RMIT University that develops computational design processes and additive manufacturing techniques through the design of experimental tectonics. His work has been published and exhibited widely and acquired for the permanent collections of institutions such as the FRAC and Centre Pompidou in France.

MAS DFAB Trimester 3 Final Review Individual Thesis

Tuesday 01.09.2020, 9:00 - 17:30

Remote Presentation - https://ethz.zoom.us/j/91187854285  ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space


Silke Langenberg - ETH Zurich, Kathrin Dörfler - TU Munich, Jelle Feringa - Aectual, Fonteini Setaki - TU Delft, Roberto Naboni - University of Southern Denmark, Josephine Carstensen - MIT, Luka Piskorec - Aalto University, Wes McGee - University of Michigan, Stefana Parascho - Princeton University, Mania Aghaei Meibodi - University of Michigan, Wessel van Beerendonk or Lucaster Hall - Studio RAP

During the final trimester of the MAS, students pursue individual or group projects i n collaboration with the researchers from DBT and Gramazio Kohler Research, with a strong focus on their interests developed throughout the academic year. Join us!

Digital Bamboo Pavilion exhibition at the ZAZ Bellerive
MAS Architecture and Digital Fabrication

Exhibition: September 29th until November 29th
Opening hours: Wed-Sun, 2 - 6pm


ZAZ Zentrum Architektur Zürich
Höschgasse 3, 8008 Zürich

Please find more information in the following link.

Come see the Digital Bamboo Pavilion designed by students of the Master in Advanced Studies in Architecture and Digital Fabrication 2019-2020 at the ETH Zurich. The pavilion is the result of second trimester teaching from the Chair of Digital Building Technologies.


Summer Cluster

MAS DFAB Trimester 2 Project Final Presentation

Thursday 28.05.2020, 17:00

Remote Presentation

Meeting ID: 962 2155 8213


Carlos Banon, Caitlin Mueller, Stefana Parascho, Skylar Tibbits

Summer Cluster is a complex, light weight, transportable outdoor pavilion. Over 14 weeks, the students have explored computational processes  and additive manufacturing technologies to design hundreds of bespoke elements of the bamboo structure, nylon joints and envelope. Summer Cluster will be constructed in Zurich in September 2020 to then travel to different locations in the world.

Image credits: Remy Clémente

mini eggshell

MAS Trimester 1 Project Final Presentation

Thursday, 21.11.2019, 18:30

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Open Space 2


Gilles Retsin, Jelle Feringa

mini eggshell is a four-week design and fabrication assignment in which the MAS students developed their own take on the ‘Eggshell’ fabrication concept. Through an iterative process of designing, printing and casting the aim was to develop smart, efficient and integrated building components. Various building typologies such as columns, walls, hybrid and connection elements were explored using either clay or
thermoplastic formwork, showcasing some of the possibilitiesfor future concrete construction.


Gilles Retsin

Lecture: Raw Discrete and Automated.

Thursday, 21.11.2019, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIL E8

Originally from Bruges, Belgium, Gilles Retsin is an architect and designer living in London. He studied architecture in Belgium, Chile and the UK, where he graduated from the Architectural Association. His design work and critical discourse has been internationally recognised through awards, lectures and exhibitions at major cultural institutions such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Royal Academy and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Gilles Retsin is Programme Director of the M.Arch Architectural Design at UCL, the Bartlett School of Architecture. He is also co-founder of the UCL Design Computation Lab.

Up Sticks

MAS Trimester 2 Project Exhibition Opening

2 November until 9 February 2020

V&A Dundee, Scotland

Up Sticks project unveiled at the V&A Dundee in Scotland. Up Sticks is an expressive timber structure that twists and curves using only spruce wood planks and beech wood dowels. No glue or nails were used to hold the planks in space. With limited resources of our planet, Up Sticks presents a strategy of how contemporary knowledge in computation and digital fabrication technology can be combined with traditional knowledge about construction methods.

We would like to thank V&A Dundee for their support throughout the whole project. Up Sticks was commissioned by the V&A Dundee and realised by the students of the MAS ETH DFAB together with Gramazio Kohler Research.


Numerical Material

Symposium on Materiality in Digital Fabrication

Tuesday, 16.04.2019, 9:30 - 12:30

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space II


Mitsuhiro Kanada, Rob Wolfs, Daria Kovaleva, Sven Pfeiffer, Stephanie Chaltiel

MAS ETH DFAB 18/19 students have been engaging the topic of ‘Concrete Choreography’ for the design and fabrication of a 3D printed concrete theatre installation for the Annual Origen Festival of Culture in Riom, Graubünden. Prior to their midterm reviews, a series of short input lectures by invited experts from academia and industry who also engage with the topic will shed light on the ongoing research and state of the art in digital concrete and 3d printing in architecture.

Concrete Choreography

MAS Trimester 2 Project Final Presentation

Friday, 14.06.2019, 14:00 - 15:30

Origen Foundation, Pale Sot 6, Riom-Parsonz


Nina Baier, Luc Merx, Oliver Domeisen

In collaboration with the Origen Festival in Riom, Switzerland the installation Concrete Choreography consists of nine, individually designed,  2.7m tall columns for an outdoor theater stage. Throughout the course of 10 weeks students of MAS ETH DFAB 18/19 explored the unique possibilities of layered extrusion printing, demonstrating the potential of computational design and digital fabrication for future concrete construction. After the presentation, the grand opening of the festival will inaugurate the installation as a new atmospheric home for the summer performance season.


Timber Assemblies

MAS Trimester 2 Project Final Presentation 

Thursday, 21.03.2019, 10:00 - 16:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space


Scott Brotherton, Kirsty Hassard, Jenny Kane, Philip Long, Mhairi Maxwell, Brady Peters, Yusuke Obuchi

During the second trimester students work on collaborative projects where they design and build full-scale structures. The project is based on ongoing research on robotic timber construction at the Chair for Architecture and Digital Fabrication. The team of students and researchers use and further develop a unique multi-robotic setup in the Robotic Fabrication Laboratory at ETH Zurich.


Clay Impact Printing

MAS Trimester 1 Project Final Presentation 

Thursday, 22.11.2018, 10:00 - 13:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space


Roger Boltshauser, AMUNT Architekten, HARQUITECTES 

Clay Impact Printing is a four-week design and building assignment investigating interlocking typologies that emerge through the controlled application of pressure during the assembly of malleable discrete elements. Students developed their own research into the topic and will demonstrate their approach to the fabrication process, the material, and the geometric design space which all directly influence the nature of the final artifacts.