smartgeometry 2010 barcelona

sg2010 brought together a global community of innovators and pioneers in the fields of architecture, design, and engineering for a six remarkable days of design exploration, fabrication, collaborative research and networking in Barcelona 19th – 24th March 2010.


The event came in two parts, a workshop (19-22 March) and a public conference beginning with shoptalk (23 March), and a public symposium and Workshop showcase (24 March). This event radically changed and reinvigorated the format of preceeding sg events in San Francisco, Munich, New York, and a number before.



Working Prototypes

Prototyping is an integral part of the design process. Prototypes allow designers to explore alternatives, test theories and confirm the performance of a new design system or product. Working prototypes are the fruit of a dialogue between digital and physical, analogue and virtual as a iterative processs of designing, fabricating, testing, avaluating and progressivly refining designs


The workshop challenged participants to design and assemble functioning prototypes to verify the performance of a new design system or product.


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The SG workshop is a unique creative cauldron attracting attendees from across the world of academia, professional practice as well as many of the brightest students. The workshop is open to 100 applicants who come together for four intensive days of design and collaboration.


The annual workshop is organised around Clusters. Clusters are hubs of expertise comprising of people, knowledge, tools, materials and machines. The Clusters provide a focus for workshop participants working together, within a common framework.




One day of informal discussions between leading practitioners and emerging talent in digital design, offering an inside perspective on how design prototypes are conceived, created, and tested.


Shop Talk discussions were moderated by: Eric Ellingsen Institut für Raumexperimente, Brady Peters CITA, Xavier de Kestelier Foster+Partners/Syracuse University, Joy Ko RISD/Brown, Jeroen Coenders Arup/TU Delft, Rob Woodbury Simon Fraser University, Axel Kilian Princeton University, Makai Smith Bentley Systems, Jenny Sabin/ Peter Lloyd Jones LabStudio/ University of Pennsylvania.





Conference on Fabrication and Digital Manufacturing


Mark Burry RMIT, Enrico Dini Monolite D-Shape, Darren Davies F1 car designers, Wirth Research, Rupert Soar Freeform Engineering Ltd., Hanif Kara AKT, Adrian Bowyer University of Bath, Marta Malé-Alemany IaaC, AA, Jeroen Coenders Arup, Lars Hesselgren PLP Architecture


Reports and featured work from SG2010 Workshop Working Prototypes





Design Museum Barcelona (DHUB) showcased the prototypes produced during the SG2010 workshop. The exhibtion, curated by Jonathan Rabagliati ran from 15 December 2010 till February 27 2011 and focused on the work of five clusters: Design to destruction, Curved Folding, Snap Fit, push on, Explicit Bricks and Non-Linear Systems Biology & Design.

This was part of a larger year long exhibition focused on fabrication and digital manufacturing curated by Marta Male-Alemany.



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