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Research centers in architecture and digital fabrication in South America: action strategies and the state of the art of production

Grant number: 17/04946-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2018
Effective date (End): November 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Architecture and Urbanism Technology
Principal Investigator:David Moreno Sperling
Grantee:Rodrigo Scheeren
Host Institution: Instituto de Arquitetura e Urbanismo de São Carlos (IAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):18/15517-2 - Research and exploratory centers in architecture and digital fabrication in South America: manufacture strategies and the state of the art of production, BE.EP.DR


In the contemporary context, the approach of architects with the computational design and the digital fabrication increases. The creative power of this integration finds a privileged space in what we call "development centers of digital fabrication" - places for research, experimentation and development of architectural strategies and artifacts. The research will map these locations in South America and examine the specificities of their production, linked to the local context, as well as other data related to the agents and the established infrastructure. The objective is to systematize the data of centers classified as fabrication laboratories, linked to both teaching and research institutions and to private laboratories, and to present a recent historical genealogy of the digital manufacturing applied to architecture and design in South America. Establish comparatives with renowned laboratories from abroad. The methodology involves bibliographic review, data mapping and case studies, through surveys, interviews and documents from the centers. In this way, it will be possible to present an ongoing picture of digital design, manufacturing specificities and the context of emerging production in the region.

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SCHEEREN, RODRIGO; HERRERA, PABLO C.; SPERLING, DAVID; SOUSA, JP; HENRIQUES, GC; XAVIER, JP. Evolving stages of digital fabrication in Latin America Outlines of a research and extension project. ECAADE SIGRADI 2019: ARCHITECTURE IN THE AGE OF THE 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, VOL 2, v. N/A, p. 10-pg., . (17/04946-7)
VELOSO, PEDRO; CELANI, GABRIELA; SCHEEREN, RODRIGO. From the generation of layouts to the production of construction documents: An application in the customization of apartment plans. AUTOMATION IN CONSTRUCTION, v. 96, p. 224-235, . (17/08171-0, 17/04946-7)
Academic Publications
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SCHEEREN, Rodrigo. Digital fabrication in South America: laboratories, strategies, processes and artifacts for design, architecture and construction. 2021. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos (EESC/SBD) São Carlos.

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