Digital Turn Exhibits Revolutionary Digital Technologies

Digital Turn is an exhibition with a changing platform to showcase the ideas and technologies transforming the way we imagine, design and build our cities. Open to the public until September 14 at by the Building Centre, the work of Zaha Hadid Architects’ Computation and Design Research Group (ZHCODE) is on display to show a glimpse into the future of architectural design and technology.

Thallus shows off its robotically woven fiber prototype

Visitors can discover how this research group is using computational programming to create experimental structures, modular housing concepts and robotically assembled prototypes.

Hallus sculpture shows  robotic hot wire cutting technology

The exhibition series is designed as a physical and metaphorical platform exploring how research in digital technologies is impacting the built environment. Leaders in academia, research and practice take ‘Turns’ to exhibit experimental computational design and are invited to take part in the associated event programme to explore themes in more depth. ZHCODE’s exhibition follows on from The Bartlett’s Design Computational Lab whose work was on show previously.

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid was a leader in innovation and design. This ethos continues at Zaha Hadid Architects – the practice she established – particularly within ZHCODE.

Set up by Nils Fischer, Shajay Bhooshan and Patrik Schumacher in 2007, the group forefronts architectural experimentation by putting into practice their knowledge and research in programming, geometry and mathematics.

The foam grotto

As part of the Digital Turn exhibition, ZHCODE explores ‘Tectonism’ (the expression of structure and geometry through its fabrication and methods of making) and ‘Semiotics’ (applying the physical design and construction aspects of their work to the social context in which they will exist).

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