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A 3D-printed bridge designed by MX3D will be discussed during the talks

Patrik Schumacher to speak at Grohe's The Wave of the Future talks

Dezeen promotion: Patrik Schumacher is among speakers who will participate in a series of talks being held by Grohe, where the kitchen and bathroom brand will unveil its latest design collection.

The Wave of the Future design and architecture event by Grohe will bring together an expert panel to discuss how robotics, artificial intelligence, new manufacturing technologies, and generative design – the process by which a computer programme develops various iterations of a design based on inputted constraints – will affect the future of design and architecture.

Grohe's Wave of the Future talks: Patrik Schumacher from ZHA
Patrik Schumacher from Zaha Hadid Architects will be speaking at the event

Alongside Schumacher, who leads international firm Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), Marius Myking, the director of product design at Norwegian firm Snøhetta, and architect Filipo Gilardi, who heads up the research and development team at tech startup MX3D, will be speaking.

Michael Seum – vice president design at Grohe – will be hosting the talks, offering his thoughts on emerging trends. Seum will also be revealing a new design collection, which utilises a new manufacturing technology, for the first time at ISH.

Wave of the Future talks: Michael Seum, vice president of design at Grohe
Michael Seum, vice president design at Grohe, will be overseeing the discussions

Schumacher, Myking, Gilardi, and Seum will also appear on a Dezeen x Grohe panel discussion hosted by architecture reporter India Block as part of The Wave of the Future talks.

Schumacher's keynote will delve into how computer-controlled machines can be used to test the efficiency of prototypes, develop new construction techniques, and overall optimise the built environment.

As well as showing the audience examples of work from Code – ZHA's in-house computational research group – he will also share his vision of the future and the prospect of "responsive" architecture.

Grohe's Wave of the Future talks: Filipo Gilardi by MX3D
Filipo Gilardi from MX3D will also be participating in the talks

Gilardi will discuss using robotics to create architecture, and how he has previously developed new software and worked with experimental coding. He will also give the audience a closer insight into how he and the MX3D team completed a 3D-printed bridge in Amsterdam.

Contrastingly, Myking's talk will debate whether design should be heavily reliant on technology, and consider how a greater sense of value can be given to data.

Marius Myking
Marius Myking from Snøhetta will be presenting at the event

The Wave of the Future talks will take place 14 March 2019 from 7pm local time, inside the Panorama Hall at ISH – a bathroom-themed trade fair that takes place in Frankfurt, Germany biennially. Registration is now closed, as the event is fully booked.

To find out more about the Grohe brand, visit its website.