This collection of keynotes from the first three ISPs represents relevant research into facets of the material, processes and knowledge pertinent to digital craftsmanship in the build environment. Expert speakers joined the BuildDigiCraft ISP Participants online, due to COVID-19 restrictions, to outline their work into various aspects facing researches in this realm. From ‘bio-based material paradigms’ to ‘the morality of digits’, ‘DNA-based nano architecture’ to ‘fibre-reenforced polymer composites’, these are the lectures that inspired us.
Day 1: “Digital: Disturbing Delight”
Jüri Soolep, Estonian Academy of ArtsJüri Soolep is the Head of Doctoral School in the Faculty of Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts. He has been Professor in NC State European Center in Prague, Czech Republic and Guest-Professor in Umeå School of Architecture, Sweden. He has been the Rector of the Nordic Academy of Architecture as well as dean and professor of the Faculty of Architecture in the Estonian Academy of Arts. He has lectured in the universities of Tartu, Oulu, Porto, Cork, Portsmouth, Liverpool, and Hosei Tokyo. Jüri Soolep is in the editorial board of journals Ehituskunst and ArchiDoct and has been a member of steering boards for Strong Research Environments ResArc and Making within Swedish Research Council Formas grant. Since 2001 he has been partner and lead architect in the architectural studio AB Medium. Most of his designs are built in Pärnu and Tallinn. The recent book: Architecture, Imagospheric Horizon and Digital Universe. Archimedium 2018 (https://soolep.ee ). His current field of research include studies in the representational systems of architectural phenomena in the Digital Age.
Day 3: “Prefabricated Craftsmanship”
Lauri Tuulberg, CEO of Welement
The construction industry is facing huge problems. Productivity is low, there is a lack of skilled labor and it is a major contributor to the facing climate disaster. To meet the growing demand and lower the cost, we need to build more, with less time. But can digital tools and automation solve the problem or do we need to rethink how we approach the whole value chain? Does it make sense to bring robots to the construction site, and will automation drive out skilled craftsmen? Studied Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management at Hong Kong University and Civil Engineering at TalTech. Has worked as a site engineer and project manager on projects ranging from large-scale apartment buildings to tunnels and private villas. Been part of real estate development projects from preliminary architectural design to client hand-over and ownership stages. For the past 5 years mostly been involved with managing Welement AS.
Day 4: “On Situated Knowing, Digitalisation and Two Burning Buildings”
Henric Benesch, University of Gothenburg
Henric Benesch is an architect, educator and researcher with a PhD in Design, based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Ongoing inquiries includes Curating the City (with Ingrid Martins Holmberg, Clare Melhuish and Dean Sully), addressing environmental and cultural heritage dilemmas posed through and over time in built environment through site-based methodologies; The Right to design (with Onkar Kular), rethinking design education and design learning within and beyond its institutional and professional setting, in relation to “rights” and as a form of readership, as a mean to foster and claim more sustainable ways of life. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer at HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design at the University of Gothenburg as well as co-coordinator within the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS), and since September 2019 – Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg.
Day 4: “Building from History: For a Low-carbon Future”
John Ochsendorf, MIT Architecture
John Ochsendorf is the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, where he directs research on preindustrial construction traditions. He is the designer of numerous award-winning structures internationally and is the author of Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010). Ochsendorf is a partner in the firm ODB Engineering and he served as Director of the American Academy in Rome from 2017-2020.