Digital Tactics


Exhibition opening 13th June 2019, 7 pm
Jaroslav Fragner Gallery


presents the use of new technologies and techniques in architecture and design. See more at Experimental Architecture Biennial from 13th June until 1st September 2019

Exhibition opening along with live music by The Atavists and DJ Eddie Mur

The 4th edition of EAB is focused on the world of architecture and design after the time when the initial enthusiasm of digital technology has faded away and has become an inherent and unconscious part of human life. Digital enthusiasts have been humanised in designers, architects, or fashion designers. Robotic production has crossed the walls of industrial plants to populate the tables of creative and young designers. Digital designing has become a natural part of the creative process and digital technology as an integrated material of creative formation.



09:00 – 09:15    Martin Gsandtner | Symposium opening and introduction
09:15 – 09:45    Gilles Retsin | introduction and Symposium Chair

09:45 – 10:30    Jürgen Heinzel | UNStudio
10:30 – 11:00    Ramon Elias Weber | MIT Media Lab
11:00 – 11:30    Mollie Claypool | Bartlett School of Architecture
11:30 – 12:00    M. Casey Rehm | SCI-Arc

12:00 – 12:30    Roundtable

12:30 – 14:00    Lunch break

14:00 – 14:30    Rasa Navasaityte, Daniel Köhler | Innsbruck University, Lab-eds
14:30 – 15:00    Jose Sanchez | Plethora Project
15:00 – 15:30    Manuel Jimenez García | Bartlett School of Architecture; madMdesign

15:30 – 15:45   Roundtable

15:45 – 16:00    Coffee break

16:00 – 16:30    Jakub Klaška | Bartlett School of Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects
16:30 – 17:00    Soomeen Hahm, Igor Pantić | Bartlett School of Architecture
17:00 – 17:30    Paul Clemens Bart, Marvin Bratke | Bart//Bratke

17:30 – 18:00    Roundtable

Symposium date and venue

14th June 2019

at Faculty of Architecture
Thákurova 9,  Praha 6
from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm

Symposium tickets

Regular ticket 300 Czk / 12 Eur
Students free

Regular tickets will be sold in the symposium venue 14th June 2019

Symposium Moderator

Gilles Retsin

“The financial crisis of 2008 served as a pivotal moment for the field of experimental architecture. The previous two decades, referred to as “The Digital Turn” by architectural historian Mario Carpo, were characterised by a deep and optimistic engagement in research of digital applications in architecture. But the crisis triggered a backlash against such digital design theory, which was suddenly associated with speculation and other unsavoury financial market practices, as well as the irresponsible neo-liberal policies which had enabled this conduct. Consequently, schools put the brakes of their digital programs, curators found other fields, and biennales turned their attentions elsewhere.

A new generation of students, freshly graduated from digitally-oriented master programmes, were confronted with a radically different post-crisis world. Today, a decade on, a number of new trends and approaches have crystallised, reflecting the past two decades of digital research in the field of architecture. Such trends range from what architect Alejandro Zaera Polo calls “austerity-chic”, to the Italian “Tendenza 2.0” as pioneered by Pier-Vittorio Aureli, to Dogma and Office. At the same time, the denominator “post-digital” indicates an attitude in which digital is no longer a novelty, but rather part of the everyday. Another group of young practitioners operating under the “Discrete” flag is asserting that society has, in fact, never been “digital” – meaning that today’s supposed “post-digital” world is a fallacy.

The past decade has sparked a range of architectural approaches, whose roots are essentially a reaction against “The Digital Turn”. Such approaches range from criticism, to rejection, to celebration, to continuation. However, are these new methodologies truly aesthetic in nature or mere critiques? The biennial traces some of these approaches, uncovering complexity, politics, and a drive to upend existing assumptions. ”

Gilles Retsin


3D printed Chandelier / robotic workshop

Workshop description

Large-scale 3dprinting methods offer a greater formal versatility than conventional manufacturing methods. Furthermore, they allow for the shrinkage of the production chain, without moulds and complicated assemblies. This empowers designers to move beyond the continuous instantiation of their products to fit into industrial models of production.

This workshop will explore the possibilities of large-scale robotic 3dprinting, focusing on the creation of objects previously inconceivable with traditional manufacturing techniques. The students will learn how to digitally design specifically for 3dprinting, and how to play with its constraints to generate formal differentiation and diversity.

Workshop participants will as well get basic training in robotic 3d printing, accessing a Universal Robot equipped with a Wasp plastic extruder. Some of the objects designed during the workshop will be physically produced an assemble into a larger object, which will become part of the Prague Experimental Biennale.


Manuel Jimenez García | Bartlett; madMdesign
Starsky Lara | IAAC; Noumena

Required software

The main software packages used during the workshop are Autodesk Maya and Rhinoceros Grasshopper. Educational versions are available online at no cost. It is recommended to bring a personal laptop with the software installed prior to the start of the workshop.

Venue and Fee

15th – 16th June 2019

Atelier 204
Faculty of Architecture,
Thákurova 9, 160 00 Praha

700 czk / 27 euro

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