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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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