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Additive Manufacturing for the Built Environment  


Ulrich Knaack

TechnicalUniversity Delft
Faculty of Architecture and 

Delft, The Netherlands 

Jens Schneider   

Institute of Structural Mechanics and Design - FG Statik, TechnischeUniversitat Darmstadt

Darmstadt, Germany 


 Paulo Cruz

    School of Architecture, University of Minho

Guimarães, Portugal
 Paolo Colombo

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale Universita Degli Studi di Padova

Padova, Italy

To improve the potential of the European construction industry in the field of AM technology and its application for construction components, the organizers of this mini-symposium promoted a consortium committed with gathering scientific experts in additive manufacturing and specialised producers of building systems/components. It also involves researchers in testing and certification processes, building product manufacturing optimisation methodology, AM machine specialists, robot engineering etc., and institutions specialised in technology transfer and academic entrepreneurship. The consortium therefore merges the know-how and the complementary skills of actors in academics, multi-national companies, small and medium sized enterprises, and national research agencies.

This mini-symposium targets the potentials ofAM for the build environment and the related industry – to identify potentialsof the technology in real-world implementation for design and engineeringprocess and construction. Drivers for these potentials are energy reduction inproduction, integrated products, individualized applications and the potentialfor small and middle size companies, being able to participate in high qualityproduction with limited investments in hardware.

Circular Tectonics: Towards ecological continuity, -means, - relations, strategies and -innovation in architectural practice  


Marie Frier Hvejsel

Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology, Aalborg University

Aalborg, Denmark 

Anne Beim

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Artsm School of Architecture, CINARK

Kobenhavn, Denmark

The notion of 'tectonics' has been developed and applied throughout architectural history as a critical means through which to position the discipline in its context; the societal, technological as well as the physical. Today the complexity of contextual relations and challenges that govern architecture are multiplying and governed by an ever more present call for a viable, ecological, and human development of the built environment. With the title 'Circular Tectonics', this mini-symposium investigates the potential of tectonic architectural theory and method for arriving at ecological continuity, -means, -relations, -strategies and -innovation in architectural practice. Hence, we invite critical contributions that discuss, develop, and apply tectonics related questions such as 'design for disassembly', 're- and upcycling', 'life cycle scenarios', 'transformation versus preservation', etc.

Novel approaches to experimental design and production of Timber- and Bio-based structures and architecture  

Andreas Falk

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Stockholm, Sweden 

With the development of tools and procedures for design and production, and the interlinking of these tools for enhanced compatibility and overall performance, timber is currently revealing a big potential in structures and architecture. Not only is this demonstrated in the already seen high-risers but also in the increased application for complicated and or complex geometries and new typologies. This mini-symposium aims at presenting and discussing experiences of this potential and how it can be released and developed as a resource efficient, environmentally benign form of construction enabling sustainable buildings both low-cost and unique ones. 

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