Digital Fabrication Lecture Series: Philip F. Yuan

Philip F. Yuan, Chinese architect and Professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University visited the ETH Zurich and MAS ETH Architecture and Digital Fabrication in April 2017. Yuan is a council member of the Chinese Architects Society, and a council member of the Chinese Architecture Fabrication Society. In 2010 Professor Yuan co-founded the Digital Design Research Center and the Digital Architecture Design Association. His research focuses on the history, theory and implementation of computational design and fabrication technology.

Philip Yuan presently specializes in researching the following topics: Integrating Traditional Local Materials with Computational Design Technology, The Robotic New Craftsmen and Prototyping the Future Digital Architecture Factory. In this lecture, Yuan discusses several projects from his office in order to address the problem of re-discovering the “local” in our globalized digital world. His lecture “Fabrication Matters” focuses on the methodology Professor Yuan and his office Archi-Union use for bringing computational design and digital fabrication to projects across China where they use local materials and local design concepts in innovative ways.

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