For research and experimentation to challenge convention, it must push boundaries and include an element of risk. The Empa NEST platform “House for a House” in Switzerland enables testing where the costs and risks of experimentation are dramatically reduced. This creates an incentive for academia, industry, and policymakers to test convention and enable innovation.
“Innovation at scale is about a new ‘digital building culture’ that goes beyond the single object and work of an individual,” says Fabio Gramazio – an architect with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from computational design and robotic fabrication to material innovation.
Watch a 3-minute interview with Fabio Gramazio of Gramazio Kohler Architects on his contribution to the Venice Biennale. “Research as Architecture: A Laboratory for Houses, Homes and Robots” by Gramazio Kohler Research and NCCR Digital Fabrication is proudly supported by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.
Gramazio Kohler Architects are Holcim Awards prize winners for their Wasteless Free-Form Formwork construction technology. The Holcim Foundation will announce the latest Holcim Awards prize winners on November 13 as part of the 17th international Biennale of Architecture in Venice. The “Building Conversations” interview series with thought leaders at the Venice Biennale is brought to you by Holcim.