Published by Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at University of Greenwich, London

The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2015-16 :: Carlo Diaco :: Fracture in Forming

  • Thursday 10th March 2016, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003], University of Greenwich


Over the last two decades, technological innovation has dramatically changed the way architects and engineers work. The software tools available today have inspired the generation, modelling and optimisation of shapes with a level of complexity that could hardly have been imagined just a few years ago. With ever-expanding research on materials, innovative products have been developed, which allow for constructions that are stronger, lighter and more challenging. Nevertheless, we are still waiting for the advancement of 3D printing, robotics and digital fabrications, so that they can become a real, economical alternative to traditional construction methods. In light of this, what are the main challenges architects’ face in getting their concepts built?

Carlo is a director at AKT II, a London-based structural engineering firm. Passionate about geometry and computation, he enjoys managing the transition from the abstract to the physical. He is also team leader of, the computational research team within AKT II, and has recently been involved in the design of the Google headquarters in California, along with a design team led by Heatherwick Studio and B.I.G. Other projects of note include the award-winning Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge University, the complex steel façade of Birmingham New Street Station and Al Fayah Park in Abu Dhabi.


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