Material Ecologies: Digital, Physical and Cultural Assemblies/

Organiser: Ornella Luorio

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22 November, 2023


Ornella Luorio






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The symposium unfolds design explorations and manufacturing processes in which contemporary tools and traditional manufacturing processes are developed in parallel, establishing a fruitful and enriching dialogue between analog and digital methods, as well as between cutting edge academic research and traditional manufacturing industry.

This dialogue produces as a result “material ecosystems” that evolve towards a future in which technological development facilitates innovative design approaches with technical, cultural, and environmental awareness.

The “Material Ecologies: Digital, Physical and Cultural Assemblies” Symposium is part of the “Students as Researchers: Creative Practice and University Education” Collateral Event of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, organized by the New York Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Design.



09:00 – 09:30- Introduction by Ornella Iuorio and Juan José Castellón

09:30 – 12:00 – SESSION 1: Digital Crafts, Chairs: Ornella Iuorio, Politecnico di Milano

09:30 – 10:00 – Interwoven: Humans, Tools, and Materials. By Alessandro Tellini, ETH

10:00 – 10:30 – Tailored Materiality. By Mariana Popescu, TUDelft

10:30 – 11:00 – Designing Material Balance. By Ingrid Paoletti, Politecnico di Milano

11:00 – 11:30 – Design and Build a Sustainable Tomorrow. By Hanaa Dahy, Aalborg University

11:30 – 12:00 – Round table: “Digital Crafts”

12:00 – 12:30 – Coffee Break

12:30 – 15:00 – SESSION 2: Material Cultures. Chairs Juan José Castellòn, Rice University

12:30 – 13:00 – Towards a New Ecology of Construction. By Patricia Guaita, EPFL

13:00 – 13:30 – 3dPA – 3d printing architecture. By Edouard Cabay, IAAC Barcelona

13:30 – 14:00 – Lighter Earth. By Stephanie Chaltiel, MuDD Architects Paris/Barcelona

14:00 – 14:30 – Collaborative Ceramic. By Guillem Cumella, Ceramica Cumella

14:30 – 15:00 – Round table: “Material Cultures”

15:00 – Closure

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