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José Pedro Sousa wins Innovation Pedagogic Award from the U.Porto

The pedagogic innovation project “Novas Realidades / New Realities” was awarded by the Universidade do Porto. This project aims to explore Virtual Reality within the field of architecture at FAUP.   ...

DFL’s TileLight project wins Alumia Competition

The DFL – Digital Fabrication Lab is happy to announce that its proposal “Tile Light” was one of the winner projects in the Alumia Competition organized by Porto Lazer. This installation will be featured in Porto during the National Day of the Historical Centers on […]   ...

New collaborators at the DFL

The DFL welcomes Rodrigo Waihiwe and Maurício Silva from Brazil, for joining the research team. Rodrigo is an architect graduated from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), who focused his interests in generative design and digital fabrication. Two years ago he studied at […]   ...

The DFL thanks Visiting Scholar Teddy Slowik (Temple University, USA)

The DFL wants to thank Teddy Slowik (USA) for his Visiting Scholar period at the DFL. From 12-26 of July 2016, Teddy Slowik joined the team and investigated the use of different robotic fabrication processes in Architecture in two projects. In the scope of a workshop for students from Lisbon, the Thomas […]   ...

DFL associated to Cork Workshop to conduct a Robotic Work

The DFL associated to the third part of the “Cork Workshop: New Uses” promoted by the FA-ULisbon. Being dedicated to the exploration of new production technologies, the DFL hosted the visit of a group of students that traveled from Lisbon to know about the use […]   ...

DFL welcomes Visiting Scholar Teddy Slowik (Temple U, USA)

The DFL gives a warm welcome to Teddy Slowik as a Visiting Scholar in the DFL during this month. Coming from the US, he will conduct research in the field of robotics in Architecture and share his expertise in the field of digital technologies. Here is a […]   ...

Students from the UP Junior program visited the DFL

Funny days at the DFL with the visits of two groups of students enrolled in the Architecture Workshop “Mãos à Obra” of the “Universidade Junior” summer program. This workshop is tutored by FAUP MArch students Gonçalo Oliveira, Maria Helena Bernardo, Filipa Guimarães, Ivo Machado and […]   ...

The DFL will participate in the next eCAADe 2016 in Oulu (FI)

The DFL will participate in the 34rd Annual Conference of the eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe), which will happen from the 23-26 of August ’16 at the Oulu School of Architecture in Finland. At this event, Jose Pedro Sousa and PhD […]   ...

DFL celebrates São João day in Porto.

The DFL celebrated the São João day with the successfully launch of the traditional balloon. São João is the most important popular party in the city of Porto.   ...

The DFL tested the 3D scanning technology by eCapture R&D

The Spanish company eCapture Research and Developement presented their 3D scanning technology at the DFL. With a portable interface, it is possible to scan objects and spaces and immediately compute the resulting pointcloud geometry. The DFL and eCapture also discussed opportunities for partnership in the […]   ...

The DFL thanks Visiting Scholar Urvi Sheth (CEPT, India)

The DFL wants to thank Urvi Sheth, from the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT) in Amedabadh (India), for her Visiting Scholar period at the DFL. From 2-10 of May 2016, Urvi Sheth explored the field of robotics in Architecture, with a special focus on hotwire cutting. This […]   ...

DFL designed the Stand of Ordem dos Arquitectos in Tektonica 2016

The Digital Fabrication Lab (DFL) designed the space of the Ordem dos Arquitectos (OA) at the Tektonica 2016 Building Construction Fair in Lisbon (4-7 May). Entitled “Architects on Business: Info-Point”, the goal was to conceive a space to be freely used by the OA’s architect […]   ...

RobTech Book

The DFL and the INESC TEC just finished the 2-year research project on Robotic Technologies for a Non-Standard Design and Construction in Architecture. Funded by the FCT, the National Foundation for the Science and Technology, this work investigated the emergent design and material possibilities emerging […]   ...

DFL organized a Workshop on Robotics for the Beirut Arab University

From 25-29 January, the DFL organized an intensive Workshop for 70 students of the Beirut Arab University from Lebanon. Called as “Digital Tools and Robotics in Architecture”, this initiative took place at the DFL and UPTEC buildings in the center of Porto and was an […]   ...

Arte contemporânea ocupa Cinema Batalha com OFFF Festival

The online P3 edition of Público newspaper posts a story about the OFFF festival, in which the DFL participated with FaceOFFF, a brick construction. Online news link.   ...

DFL in eCAADe 2015

The 33rd Annual Conference annual conference of eCAADe took place in Vienna at 16th-18th September 2015. The DFL presented three papers, as follows: Prof. Jose Pedro Sousa, DFL coordinator, presented the paper: “Between manual and robotic approaches to brick construction in architecture”, written with DFL […]   ...

DFL team is selected for 180 Creative Camp

The DFL was selected to participate in the 180 Creative Camp during the whole week. The DFL researchers Cristina Gasso and Rudrapalsinh Solanki are already in the city of Abrantes, and ready to start the LUCKY FACE installation.   ...

Lecture in Cork Workshop

Prof. Jose Pedro Sousa and Prof. Clara Pimenta Do Vale will lecture on the use of Cork in Architecture at the FA-UTL, in the scope of the Cork Workshop: New Uses in Architecture   ...

José Pedro Sousa at Encontros Glote – Fazedores

José Pedro Sousa and Cristina Gassó-Palop present DFL at “Encontros glote”, under the thematic “Fazedores” – makers. Glote are “monthly get togethers for nibbling and informal conversation. In each get together, two guests talk about their interests and projects, for half a hour each, in […]   ...

Hotwire experiments

The DFL is working on various tests with a hotwire mounted in a aluminium structure attached to the robot.   ...

The opening day of DFL

The DFL was officially opened the 11th March 2015, and the day was celebrated with teachers from the Faculty of Architecture, industry partners, friends.     ...

DFL presents at Digital DArq 2015

On 30th April 2015, the DFL made two presentations in Coimbra. José Pedro Sousa and Pedro de Azambuja Varela are invited to present their works.   ...

The opening of the DFL in the national television RTP

The opening of the DFL – Digital Fabrication Lab in the national television RTP, with comments by Prof. José Pedro Sousa (DFL Coordinator), Pedro Martins (PhD candidate at DFL) and Prof. Carlos Guimarães (Director of the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto).   ...

Aula do Prof. Paulo Campos

O Prof. Paulo Campos apresentou a aula “Estandardização Virtual: da linha de montagem à fábrica digital” no auditório Fernando Távora da Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto no dia 21 de Janeiro de 2015. Paulo Eduardo Fonseca de Campos é Professor Doutor da Faculdade […]   ...

The DFL had its 1st Christmas Dinner

The DFL organized its 1st Christmas Dinner at the restaurant Madureira’s. 13 members and collaborators joined together for a funny dinner among carpaccios, steaks, francesinhas, drinks and cheesecake. The group also celebrated the DFL’s 1st year with a delicious piece of chocolate cake. Everybody got a 3d […]   ...

New tools and equipments have arrived to the Lab.

November and December have been very intensive months. A set of new tools and equipments have arrived to the DFL and are now being installed in the lab. Among them, the group acquired the working table, parallel gripper, hotwire structure, vacuum, compressor and a wide […]   ...

Working in the factory of Amorim Isolamentos

Today, Prof. José Pedro Sousa and Cristina Gassó went to the factory of Amorim Isolamentos to help the company in the production of the Wave Facade Panel. The goal was to increase the productivity by programming the manufacturing of 8 panels (instead of a single one) in […]   ...

Visit to Cerâmica Vale da Gândara factory

Last Thursday DFL team visited ceramic brick factory Cerâmica Vale da Gândara in Montágua. A very useful guided visit by Eng. Roberto Forte, where we saw the whole process of ceramic brick manufacturing, since the treatment of the raw material to the actual brick fabrication, […]   ...

The trefoil structure has been renovated.

After having suffered some damage during the transportation from FAUP to the new DFL’s space, the trefoil structure has been renovated. This model is part of an independent research project conducted in the LAB about design and material systems for non-standard structures. Every single joint […]   ...

The Evaluation Committee from FCT visited the CEAU

The CEAU (Center for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism) from FAUP was visited today by the international Evaluation Committee from FCT (Foundation for the Science and Technology). Jose Pedro Sousa joined the other Research Group coordinators from CEAU in the interview sessions and visit to the facilities, where […]   ...

eCAADe 2014 Conference

Pedro Martins, PhD candidate from DFL, is going to present the paper “Digital Fabrication in Concrete Architecture” at the eCAADe 2014, Northumbria University, Newcastle, Sep. 10-12. This work is part of his PhD research developed at FAUP under the supervision of Prof. Ze Pedro Sousa, […]   ...

Walls+Robots

  This workshop is an introduction to the use of robotic fabrication in architecture. The participants will explore the design and construction of a non-standard masonry wall with digital technologies.   ...

Branko Kolarevic – Design democracy

Today, digital technologies like parametric design and digital fabrication are opening new conceptual and material opportunities in architecture. This lecture is an opportunity to know more about the impact of such technologies in the practice and culture of our discipline, by discussing one of the […]   ...

Non-standard brick wall

For the IJUP project, this wall was built by a robotic arm. Modules were produced, and then manually assembled.     ...

3D printing tests for IJUP – Robotic Construction in Architecture

These are some of the models printed with our ABS+PLA printer.   ...

Non-standard structure based on variable joints

  End of the week with the first prototype for computational non-standard structures finally assembled. This system is made out of more than 100 3D printed customised joints and 300 different segments.     ...

Brick assembly session

The DFL team spent the day assembling bricks in modules. The model was generatd digitally, and a perspective projection was used to locate the bricks.   ...