Elif Erdine

Director, Emergent Technologies
Architectural Association

Elif Erdine is an architect, designer, and researcher. She is the Director at Emergent Technologies and Design Post-Graduate Programme (EmTech), at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture. The research agenda of EmTech focuses on investigating new synergies of architecture and ecology through the critical intersection of computational design and fabrication.

During 2010-2015, Elif Erdine conducted her PhD at the Architectural Association PhD in Design Programme, titled ‘Generative Processes in Tower Design: Algorithms for the Integration of Tower Subsystems’. Since 2010 she has been directing various AA Visiting School programmes (AA Istanbul VS, AA Summer DLAB), exploring generative design techniques, integration of algorithmic design methods with large-scale digital fabrication tools. She has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects during 2006 – 2010. She received her B.Arch. degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2003 (High Honors), and M.Arch. degree from the AA Design Research Lab (AA DRL) in 2006 (Project Distinction).

Presentation Content
Architecture & Robotic Fabrication: Design-Through-Collaboration
The talk will discuss the ever-growing role of architectural production technologies in the built environment, particularly robotic fabrication in architecture and design processes. The ongoing research of Emergent Technologies & Design (EmTech) Post-Graduate Programme at the Architectural Association (AA) London focuses on the evolution of traditional fabrication technologies through the employment of digital fabrication, with an emphasis on robotic production paradigms.
The presented case studies are going to expand on the significance of collaboration with the industry. Through our collaborations with BuroHappold Engineering, one of the pioneering firms in engineering consultancy, and Fibrobeton, experts in Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) shotcrete technology, innovative computational and fabrication workflows have been developed, integrating free-form design, robotic fabrication, fabrication and assembly tolerances. The prototypes that have been realised through these collaborations serve as proof of concepts into how academia and practice can work together for sustainable design solutions.


Architecture & Robotic Fabrication: Design-Through-Collaboration

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