While increasingly popular, 3D-printing has been applied mostly in small-scale, local contexts, also when applied in urban development projects. Is it possible to move this technology out of the margins and turn it into a transformative force when dealing with large-scaled urban complexities? According to the academic talents of AMS Institute there is reason to believe we can. For example in the recycling of plastic city waste. How can we print our way from micro- to macro-impact in urban development? Architects, 3D printing experts and academics will discuss the possibilities and challenges of printing future cities.
Academics, urban developers and architects will update us on the role that 3D printing technology currently plays in urban development, how can we upscale the implementation of such technologies on a city scale, and how technological innovation can lead to a future of 3D printed, circular cities. With:
- an introduction by Arjan van Timmeren (Scientific Director, AMS Institute) on the urgency of upscaling the implementation of 3D printing to a city level,
- a statement by Prof. dr. Ellen van Bueren (Principal Investigator at AMS Institute & professor of Urban Development Management at the TU Delft) on what to realistically expect from technological innovations -such as 3D printing- in urban development, and how to meet these expectations (while preventing possible negative impact),
- and reflections from several stakeholders in the city that work with 3D printing technology in urban development, such as Rutger Syphons (BAM Construction & Real Estate), Eric van der Kooij (Team leader of the department Physical Planning & Sustainability at the City of Amsterdam) and Gijs van der Velden (co-founder of MX3D & general manager of Joris Laarman Studio).
Through a combination of interviews, presentations and round table discussions on the present and future possibilities of 3D printed cities, we will look at two innovative case studies that combine this technology with urban development:
Architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars (Universe Architecture) came with the plan to print a building with no beginning and no end: Landscape House. Although Ruijssenaars stated that the choice for 3D printing was motivated mostly by practical reasons (“this is the best option for our project”), has this choice led to the world premier of a robotic 3d printer for the building industry, 3d-Builder, which combines free-form printing with automotive robotica and can print material as stone and concrete. Landscape House is being developed in intensive R&D collaboration between Universe Architecture & BAM Construction & Real Estate.
3d-Printing in the Circular City
This project will be presented by Foteini Setaki (PhD researcher at TU Delft, and co-founder of The New Raw) and Panos Sakkas (architect and co-founder of The New Raw), who have been working on an ongoing research project “3D-printing in the Circular City“. Doing so, they investigate the metropolitan challenge of reducing municipal plastic waste, introducing an innovative solution for the recycling of discarded plastics, which takes advantage of large scale 3d-printing and produces parts that improve public space and the built environment. The multidisciplinary consortium – consisting of TU Delft, DUS architects, Actual Build, AEB Amsterdam, The New Raw and the AMS Institute – combine expertise and elaborate on this concept in the case study of Amsterdam North.