The workshop Digital Design and Production in Architecture, organized by INDEXLAB – Politecnico di Milano, has the objective to offer a new vision on architecture and its manufacturing methodologies.
As 20th Century’s architecture focused on mass production and serial repetition of its components, today’s one will be strongly characterized by varied and unique elements, industrially produced through advanced CNC fabrication machines. At the same time, the rise of novel programming platforms for design make it possible to generate processes and algorithms that allow the control of form and technological aspects from the first conceptual stages of the design till the construction phase. This makes possible to integrate aesthetics and functionality, structural resistance and energy performance within one coherent design process.
In the process of definition such “design to production” workflow, both fabrication and material limits and potentials play a key role in generating competitive logical construction systems. Robots and CNC machinery contribute to the redefinition of design methodologies and construction processes, transferring most of manufacturing from the building site to industrial production, where advanced components, integrating structure and envelope, can be designed and fabricated into complex solutions with high aesthetic and functional value.
The workshop aims at bringing together visionary companies, advanced designers and innovation-oriented students to envision new synergies between academic research, architectural practice and industrial production.
Behind the Scenes Crew
Design and Production Team
Lecco Campus Vice Rector
Lecco Campus Manager
Eleonora Della Rosa
Stefano e Daniele Sandrinelli
Daniele Frignani e Giuseppe Ierfone
Giovanni De Palo
RED Matteo Manca
Silvia Di Russo
2D lasercutting, 3D printing
Concrete Materials and Structures Lab
Technology Transfer Office
Fiorenzo e Giuseppe Castellini
Francesca Giunti e Alba Bellagente
Paul e David Vukovich
Paolo e Serena Porrati
Politecnico di Milano houses cutting-edge technology for the fabrication of physical prototypes, including CNC milling, water-jet, laser cutting, 3D printing facilities and industrial robots. At Indexlab we offer tools to perform complex manipulations and innovative manufacturing processes on natural materials, metals, polymers, cement-based materials, composites.
Pick and place
Sensing and actuation
Scientific committee: Emilio Pizzi, Manuela Grecchi, Giulio Barazzetta, Tiziana Poli, Gabriele Masera, Francesco Braghin (Director)
Digital Tutors: Lila PanahiKazemi, Thibault Schwartz, Andrea Rossi, Pierpaolo Ruttico (Director)
Indexlab workshop tutors are world-renowned leading experts in the field of digital construction, computational design and robotic fabrication.
Pierpaolo Ruttico is a research fellow at the Politecnico di Milano, founder and director of INDEXLAB. He holds a PhD in Building Engineering, he has been a Guest Critic at SCIarc Los Angeles and his work has been published internationally, including Advances in Architectural Geometry 2012, EnCoding Architecture 2013, Engineering Systems Design and Analysis 2014, IAHS 2015. He previously worked as a designer for PelliClarkePelli Architects in NYC and as a computational designer and robotic fabrication consultant for COOPHIMMELB(L)AU in Vienna.
Andrea Rossi is an architect, computational designer and researcher. His research spans from robotic fabrication to computational urban planning, and his past and present collaborations include ETH Zurich, TU Darmstadt Digital Design Unit, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Politecnico di Milano – IndexLab among others. He has been teaching workshops on computational tools in Italy, Germany and USA. His work has been presented extensively, including Venice Biennale 2012, EnCodingArchitecture 2013, ACADIA 2013.
Lila PanahiKazemi is an architectural researcher, computational designer and system engineer. She is Computational Design Specialist for KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten and Teaching Assistant at TU Darmstadt – Digital Design Unit. She taught workshops on computational tools in Italy, Germany and USA, as well as co-chaired the Architectural Ecologies Symposium at EMCSR 2014. Her work has been presented at Venice Biennale 2012, EnCodingArchitecture 2013, ACADIA 2013 among others.
Thibault Schwartz is Founder and President of HAL Robotics. Alongside his architectural education at ENSA Paris Malaquais, Thibault worked for a series of practices including EZCT Architecture & Design Research and Gehry Technologies France. He has taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture and run workshops in a number of countries and institutions, including AA Visiting School, Fraunhofer Stuttgart, Robots in Architecture Conferences, EPFL and Universität Innsbruck. Thibault is currently pursuing a Doctorate at ENSAPM GSA laboratory, focusing on novel manufacturing techniques for UHPC lightweight structures.