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Newsletter #4
February 2016

MAS Digital Fabrication:
Call for Applications

The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication is accepting applications for the 2016/2017 MAS Programme. The MAS is organized by the NCCR Digital Fabrication and Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich. This year the MAS collaborates with the BLOCK Research Group, the ETH Chair for Sustainable Construction, and the Chair of Digital Building Technologies. Teaching and project work focus on digital design and robotic fabrication of full scale projects using the state of the art digital fabrication facilities located at the newly constructed Robotic Fabrication Lab.

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Call for Papers: Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016

The Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) conferences bring together researchers from disciplines of maths, computer science, engineering and design to present and discuss the challenges faced in the in the development of innovative architecture. For 2016, the Swiss NCCR Digital Fabrication is pleased to host AAG2016 at ETH Zurich. Experts from academia, practice, and industry are invited to submit abstracts and papers for blind review by the AAG scientific committee. 
Abstracts are due for submission on March 21st, and the full paper submission deadline is April 1st.
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Grounded Materials:

A Workshop for the MAS DFAB Sustainable Construction Module 

In January 2016 the Chair of Sustainable Construction conducted a workshop for the MAS Digital Fabrication on the topic of sustainable construction. This workshop promoted the idea that a deeper understanding of the interactions between materials, technologies and construction offer new opportunities to optimize architectural designs and improve overall sustainability.

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Participant Experience: MAS Digital Fabrication

The ETH Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) Digital Fabrication begins the next semester with a challenge for its participants: to develop a full scale robotically fabricated "Minimal Living Unit”. With 17 participants from 12 different countries, the MAS team is now transitioning from architectural generalists into advanced specialists in this multidisciplinary domain. Jay Chenault, an MAS participant, writes about the experiences of the first semester, learning about new technologies for design and robotic fabrication, and interacting with the experts and researchers from the NCCR Digital Fabrication. 

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Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

As part of its MAS and education support programmes, the NCCR Digital Fabrication has organized a new lecture series with the goal of inviting advanced practitioners, theorists, and leaders of industry to present in the context of the NCCR. The lecture series began in autumn 2015 with four guest presenters, and will continue in the spring semester with presentations from Prof. Achim Menges of the University of Stuttgart, and Prof. Bob Sheil of the Bartlett University College London.

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The Arch_Tec_Lab: a new home for the MAS Digital Fabrication

In autumn 2016, the newly constructed “Arch_Tec_Lab” will become the new home to the MAS Digital Fabrication programme. Featuring advanced robotic construction facilities, well-equipped work-spaces, and digital production workshops, this new building is an internationally unique facility where students and researchers will be able to develop the architecture and construction processes of the future.

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New "CAS Digital Timber Construction" to start in October 2016

The Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) Department of Architecture Wood and Civil Engineering is introducing a new continuing education course; “CAS Digital Timber Construction”. Targeted at construction professionals and craftsmen. This new Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) teaches the concepts, methods and technologies needed to engage digital design data across the full scope of building processes.

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The NCCR Digital Fabrication Newsletter informs on the newest research findings, upcoming events and open positions in a quarterly cycle. © 2016 NCCR Digital Fabrication

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