While increasingly popular, 3D-printing has been applied mostly in small-scale, local contexts, also when applied in urban development projects. Is it possible to move this technology out of the margins and turn it into a transformative force when dealing with large-scaled urban complexities? According to the academic talents of AMS Institute, there is reason to believe we can. For example in the recycling of plastic city waste. How can we print our way from micro- to macro-impact in urban development? Architects, 3D printing experts and academics will discuss the possibilities and challenges of printing future cities.
After a short introduction by the Scientific Director of AMS Institute, Arjan van Timmeren, we will look at the ways in which we can we upscale technological innovations in sustainable urban development. Prof. dr. Ellen van Bueren (Principal Investigator at AMS Institute & professor of Urban Development Management at the TU Delft), will discuss what we could and should expect from technological innovations -such as 3D printing- in urban development, and which steps should be taken to meet such expectations and prevent possible negative impact.
Afterwards, we will look at some innovative case studies by academics, urban developers and architects that combine 3D printing with urban development, to further discuss the possibilities and challenges that this technology offers, such as:
3d-Printing in the Circular City
This project will be presented by Foteini Setaki (PhD researcher at TU Delft, and co-founder of The New Raw) and Panos Sakkas (architect and co-founder of The New Raw), who have been working on an ongoing research project “3D-printing in the Circular City“. Doing so, they investigate the metropolitan challenge of reducing municipal plastic waste, introducing an innovative solution for the recycling of discarded plastics, which takes advantage of large scale 3d-printing and produces parts that improve public space and the built environment. The multidisciplinary consortium – consisting of TU Delft, DUS architects, Actual Build, AEB Amsterdam, The New Raw and the AMS Institute – combine expertise and elaborate on this concept in the case study of Amsterdam North.
Architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars (Universe Architecture) came with the plan to print a building with no beginning and no end: Landscape House. Although Ruijssenaars stated that the choice for 3D printing was motivated mostly by practical reasons (“this is the best option for our project”), has this choice led to the world premier of a robotic 3d printer for the building industry, 3d-Builder, which combines free-form printing with automotive robotica and can print material as stone and concrete.
Landscape House is being developed in intensive R&D collaboration between Universe Architecture & BAM Construction & Real Estate. The commercial affairs & development manager Rutger Sypkens of BAM will join for the round the table discussion afterwards.
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