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Saturday, 19. January 2019 – Design : Production


14:00     Digital Thinking in Planning and Detailing
        Arnold Walz, Design to Production, Stuttgart

14:30     Towards a Digital Building Culture
        Hannes Mayer, Gramazio Kohler Research, Zurich, Switzerland

15:00     Design to End Extinticiton
        Mitchell Joachim, Terreform, New York, USA

Chaired by: Tim Westphal, Dipl.-Ing. Arch. and freelance journalist


DETAIL Forum, BAU 2019, Referent, Arnold Walz

Photo: courtesy of Arnold Walz

Arnold Walz
Design to Production, Stuttgart

Arnold Walz studied architecture and urban planning at the University of Stuttgart, majoring in lightweight constructions (Prof. Frei Otto) and planning theory (Prof. Horst Rittel). Even during his time as a student he worked on projects with complex geometries: Olympic Stadium Montreal (Schleich und Partner, Stuttgart), reconstruction of Gaudi's hanging model for the Colonia Güell Church (Harald Szeemann, Hang zum Gesamtkunstwerk), development of a large umbrella with a folding-arm frame (SL-Rasch, Stuttgart). During his time with Bodo Rasch he developed programs (scripts) for generating and optimising complex geometries, and was soon able to use this approach of "writing" rather than drawing building geometries for the processing and optimisation of complex designs by architects and engineers: Jörg Schlaich, Werner Sobek, Christoph Ingenhofen, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, UNStudio, Delugan Meisel and Herzog & De Meuron. In cooperation with companies such as Züblin, Gartner, seele, etc. he developed "digital details" for the economic realisation of complex components. Since 2016, designtoproduction has been working on applying its experience from the planning of complex geometries to conventional buildings.

DETAIL Forum, BAU 2019, Referent, Hannes Mayer

Photo: courtesy of Hannes Mayer

Hannes Mayer
Gramazio Kohler Research, Zurich, Switzerland

Hannes Mayer is an architect and Senior Researcher at Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, where he oversees all research and directs the Master programme in Architecture and Digital Fabrication.  Prior to joining Gramazio Kohler Research Hannes Mayer was the Roland Rainer Chair 2014/15 – Professor for Architectural Design and Research at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and taught design studios and postgraduate design research at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) as well as University of Westminster, London. In Parallel, he was the director and editor-in-chief of the thematic review for architecture archithese until he started publishing his own magazine manege für architektur. In 2016 he was artist in residence at Villa Kamogawa, Goethe Institut Kyoto.

DETAIL Forum, BAU 2019, Referent, Mitchell Joachim

Photo: courtesy of Mitchell Joachim

Mitchell Joachim
Terreform, New York, USA

Mitchel Joachim, Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor at NYU. He was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners LLP, and Pei Cobb Freed. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and fellowships with TED, Moshe Safdie, and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He was chosen by Wired magazine for "The Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To". Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in "The 100 People Who Are Changing America". Mitchell won many awards including; AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Award for Sustainability, Architizer A+ Award, History Channel Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities Car. Dwell magazine featured him as "The NOW 99" in 2012. He co-authored three books, "XXL-XS: New Directions in Ecological Design," "Super Cells: Building with Biology," and "Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned". His work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale. He earned a PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, MArch Columbia University.