What strings architecture, economy, robotics & modernity together?
On February 16th at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the Faculty of Architecture will be happy to present Dutch architect Jelle Feringa at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn). For the last few years, Feringa has been working on projects that try to harness the full potential of robots in architecture, building up Danish architectural robotics company Odico. In Tallinn, Feringa will talk about the changes that robotics are bringing to architecture and to the cities around us. In the future, what will the role of the architect be? Open Lectures are open to all architecture students, professionals and general audience intrigued by spatial matters: the lectures are in English and free of charge.

In addition to the open lecture, Feringa will give a small workshop in Tallinn on the following day, focussing on introducing students to the new robot of the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department and testing its capabilities. “This is one of the most important issues of contemporary architecture: how to transfer digital information into physical material without compromising the geometry and spatial structure and yet with obtainable financial and time resources. Using robots is one of the ways to make sure geometrically intricate spaces and shapes can be transferred from digital world into our daily material experiences,” explains Dean of Faculty of Architecture Toomas Tammis.

Jelle is co-founder and CTO at Odico formwork robotics the first factory to specialize in architectural robotics. He is co-founder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research The work of the office is widely exhibited, exhibitions include the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Archilab, Orléans, Barbican Gallery, London Design, Miami/Basel and is part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Jelle is a PhD candidate at the Hyperbody research group, TU Delft. His efforts in architectural robotics, both industrial and experimental are currently on display at the Zaha Hadid gallery in London, as part of the Meta Utopia exposition.

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department.