Norbert Palz, professor in Digital and Experimental Design at Universität der Künste in Berlin defends his PhD-thesis entitled: “Emerging Architectural Potentials of Tunable Materiality through Additive Fabrication Technologies”.
Friday 21 September 2012 - At The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation

The conceptual approach between construction typology and the use of material that persists in architectural history is about to change. Architectural designs in the future may no longer be based on the best fitting structural solution for a given material with more or less known properties, but by a reverse process that tailors an appropriate material with graded, unique characteristics to a chosen form and performance. This shift is made possible by the technologies of additive fabrication (also named rapid prototyping, 3D printing or stereolithography).

The field of additive fabrication has proliferated in the recent years due to improved mechanical properties, greater material diversity and more economical on- and offline printing solutions. Norbert Palz contributes to the contemporary research in additive fabrication, by focusing in his thesis on the digital calibration of the material itself with regard to its structural performance and how the composition can be controlled.

The computational solutions, which are developed by the author, show how it is possible to control and calibrate irregular digital geometries across multiple manufacturing scales and hereby tune the mechanical and performative qualities of a physical material that is manufactured from that information.

Norbert Palz shows that interdisciplinary connections between different technologies are crucial for the invention of tunable materials. Accordingly he points to potential fields of such interconnections that can grant a promising perspective for complex multifunctional composites in different scales and in which additive fabrication can play an important role.

The defense takes place Friday 21 September at 1 pm -4 pm in Auditorium 5, KADK, Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé 51, 1435 Copenhagen K – it is open to the public.

The thesis has been executed at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Center for IT and Architecture (CITA) under the supervision of Professor Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, CITA and professor Mark Burry SIAL, RMIT Melbourne, Australia.

For further information, please contact:
Norbert Palz: E:, T: +49 178 584 2688
Press Officer Susan Gregers Jensen: E:, T: +45 4170 1564

An electronic copy of the thesis can be acquired by contacting Inge Henningsen at the Research Administration:

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