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Colloquium Discusses “Fabrication” in the Context of Contemporary Technology

by Fernanda Rezende - published Oct 07, 2015 03:50 PM - - last modified Apr 23, 2020 09:11 AM
Contributors: Translation by Carlos Malferrari
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Home Exposição HomofaberIEA's São Carlos Center will hold the Colloquium on Fabrication on October 14 & 15, from 6:30 pm (local time), in the Jorge Caron auditorium.

The event, organized by professor David Sperling, from the Institute of Architecture and Urbanism (IAU) of the University of São Paulo in São Carlos, marks the beginning of activities pertaining to “Fabrication” at the IEA São Carlos. The aim is to draw together research studies on the potentialities and challenges that arise from “fabrication” in today’s technological environment, permeated by processes that are increasingly mediated and controlled numerically. This is a national ongoing discussion that will address various areas of knowledge, including architecture, engineering, computing, physics and chemistry.

Over the course of two days, the conference will bring together professors and researchers from various institutions, including USP, Unicamp, Embrapa and the Renato Archer Information Technology Center. The opening will be attended by Martin Grossmann, IEA director, and Renato Anelli, coordinator of the IEA São Carlos,


As part of the symposium, the exhibition Homo Faber: Digital Fabrication in Latin America will open on October 14, from 5:00 pm, at the USP São Carlos Cultural Center. São Carlos will be the first city to host the traveling version of the exhibit, which was first presented in July in São Paulo, during the XVI CAAD Futures Congress, and will now travel around South America.

The exhibition features an unprecedented mapping of digital fabrication in the field of architecture in Latin America, with an overview of what 25 university laboratories, research groups, architecture studios and independent actions are investigating and producing in the area. Articulated under the premise that fabrication informs matter, the works comprise a vast array of interests and means, as well as openness to experimentation in processes and results.

Curated by professors David Sperling, from IAU-USP, and Pablo Herrera, from the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences, the exhibit will remain open at the Cultural Center until November 13, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm.