NXTBLD: The Architect’s Role on Mars
Did you get a chance to check out the NXTBLD conference live stream on June 11? Don’t worry if you missed it, because Rabi Sidawi was watching while eating breakfast! The annual conference explores emerging technologies for the built environment. Rabi lists his three favorite presentations below with links to the presentation summaries:
Supporting life on Mars: https://nxtbld.com/speakers/xavier-de-kestelier/
Xavier De Kestelier, head of design technology and innovation at HASSELL, is an industry leader in parametric design and digital fabrication. His presentation focused on 3D printing technologies that could deliver a human habitat on Mars using autonomous robots.
Advanced forms in concrete: https://nxtbld.com/speakers/mariana-popescu/
Mariana Popescu, PhD researcher with the Block Research Group, has been studying a 3D-knitted technical textile for doubly-curved geometries in concrete formwork. Her presentation explained a computational pipeline for CNC machines to generate lightweight knitted textile formwork for casting concrete at the construction site.
Between the folds – Towards a material revolution: https://nxtbld.com/speakers/tal-friedman/
Architect Tal Friedman, founder of Foldstruct, is involved in the construction tech startup scene, exploring innovative uses for materials in the built environment.
Follow this link to see previous conference highlights: https://nxtbld.com/videos/.
Check out the Applied Software podcast with Rabi and Christopher Riddell, which discusses the NXTBLD topics from digital fabrication, artificial intelligence, robots, generative design, virtual reality, design visualization, and reality modeling . . . to supporting life on Mars.