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We welcomed guests to our second Emerging Technologies in Architecture event last night, and the evening was a great success.

The event, held at our brand new AluK Design Studio, saw our guests explore virtual reality with INITION’s interactive demonstrations and get to grips with 3D in our pen competition. The competition certainly drew a crowd and we were very impressed with our guests’ creations, which included colourful bicycles and some incredibly intricate Eiffel Towers.

The highlight of the evening definitely came from Dirk Krolikowski of DKFS Architects, who presented on Digital Prototyping and its use in the making of buildings. Dirk, who also lectures on Innovative Technology and Design at the UCL, based his talk around the Leadenhall Building (aka the Cheesegrater), on which he worked as part of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Touching on Open Source and parametric models, Dirk explained how technology in the architectural industry is undergoing a revolution, rather than evolution, as information has now become readily accessible and malleable. Dirk suggested that architects are now designers of processes, as well as designers of buildings, and that the move towards Open Source should liberate architects from an excess of documentation. Digital prototypes were also on the agenda, with Dirk explaining that they can be rigorously interrogated ‒ and that architects should be looking at integrating ‘best of breed’ software solutions to make the most of the technology available.

Once again, we had a great response from our guests and we hope they all enjoyed the event as much as we did. If you haven’t had a chance to explore our new Design Studio, please feel free to book a one-to-one tour with our team.

Our next event at the Design Studio is a RIBAJ panel debate on technology, mass production, and homogeneity. Taking place on Thursday 14th April, the debate is free and open to all interested in architecture - you can sign up here.