The third discussion in the ANCB series Craftsmanship in the Digital Age: Architecture, Values and Digital Fabrication

Welcome and Introduction
Monique Ruhe Counsellor and Head of Department for Culture and Communication, Royal Netherlands Embassy Berlin
Hans-Jürgen Commerell Founding Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Monika Thomas 
Architect and Director of Building, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature, Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Berlin

Perspectives from Research, Practice and the Building Industry
Francine Houben Founding Partner and Creative Director, Mecanoo Architects, Delft
Martin Tamke 
InnoChain ETN Network / Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
Frank Heinlein Werner Sobek Group, Stuttgart
Sebastian von Oppen Berlin Chamber of Architects  

Panel Discussion
moderated by Áine Ryan ANCB and Daniel Büning NOWlab@BigRep, involving from the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Bonn, Helga Kühnhenrich Head of Division for Research in Building and Construction, and Arnd Rose Researcher.

This third discussion will touch upon the broad spectrum of societal issues relevant to architecture practice; identifying the factors that give certain issues, such as cost efficiency and energy performance, influence over the architecture profession and the building industry. Due to the close collaboration between manufacturer and architect that digital fabrication demands, a timely moment is presented to reintroduce critical craftsmanship values for building practice. Though discussion, the participants will articulate what digital fabrication realistically offers in this regard.

The intention of this collaboration with The Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, NOWlab@BigRep and the BBSR, is to explore and co-articulate with manufacturers, proponents of newer digital production tools, architects, and building industry representatives, a craftsmanship approach to incorporating digital fabrication into architecture. Rather than seeing digital tools as incongruous with craftsmanship, Craftsmanship in the Digital Age proposes that they could in fact strengthen certain skills and principles characteristic of craftsmanship with benefits for architecture and manufacturing; including more effective building materials and spatial typologies, a closer working relationship between architects and manufacturers, and an assertion of critical values for the building industry at this point in history, especially regarding energy and resource sustainability. For more on this series background, see here.