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Newsletter #8
November 2016


The Arch_Tec_Lab Opens

On the 22 September 2016, the time finally arrived: The Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) of ETH Zurich officially opened its new institute building Arch_Tec_Lab. Characteristic are the building's digitally planned and prefabricated timber roof as well as the new Robotic Fabrication Laboratory (RFL), both planned by Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler. The NCCR Digital Fabrication's management team already moved into the new building and researchers are looking forward to working in the new laboratory.

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Research Insight: Robotic Aggregation of Materials with Irregular Geometry

While many digital fabrication processes in architecture focus on using standardised prefabricated materials, NCCR Digital Fabrication researchers Martin Wermelinger and Fadri Furrer aim to use unprocessed materials found on-site to create new structures. An interdisciplinary research team from the Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL), the Robotic Systems Lab (RSL), and Gramazio Kohler Research (GKR) addresses this novel idea. As a proof of concept, the team has now successfully achieved autonomous robotic stacking of irregular stones without the use of mortars or adhesives.

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First Students of the MAS Successfully Graduate

After a year of intense study, the first group of students of the Master of Advanced Studies MAS ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication, the NCCR Digital Fabrication's major education platform, successfully presented their final projects. 

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Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016 

In September, the NCCR Digital Fabrication hosted the fifth edition of the AAG symposia series. The symposium, which consisted of practical workshops, conference activities and an exhibition, was a great success. More than 350 international participants travelled to Zurich for insight into the latest developments in the field. Clear highlights were the keynote lectures by Urs B. Roth, Erik Demaine, Werner Sobek, Francis Aish and Lord Norman Foster.

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Mesh Mould is a Swiss Technology Award Finalist

Mesh Mould has the potential to revolutionise the steel-reinforced concrete structures by combining the two commonly separated functions of formwork and reinforcement. Project leader Norman Hack and his team are looking forward to the final presentation round in Basel.

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Networking Event with "netzwerk Frau und sia" and "SVIN"

On the 29th of November, the NCCR Digital Fabrication is pleased to welcome members of the two Swiss associations "netzwerk Frau und sia" and "SVIN" as well as other interested parties to a networking and information event at the newly opened Arch_Tec_Lab. The event is part of the NCCR's equal opportunities program and aims at connecting researchers of the NCCR with the two associations who are dedicated to advancing women in the fields of architecture and engineering. 

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