IMFS April Abstracts

The 4rd IMFS session will take place on April 1st. Register to participate!


Arthur Mamou-Mani

University of Westminster, UK

Eco Parametric Design: Towards a Circular Architecture


Arthur Mamou-Mani is an architect specialised in eco-parametricism, looking at coupling a cradle to cradle approach to design within the maker’s movement. As a diverse studio of designers, makers and technologists, Mamou-Mani’s methodology is to create synergy throughout these fields by using constant feedback and iterations. Their work uses algorithms to generate and evolve concepts based on rules and parameters, similarly to natural processes. Arthur’s belief in craft and innovation has led his practice to co-develop their own custom software for 3D printing and bespoke hardware for the wider fields of design and construction. Through several of his practice’s projects, Arthur will show how parametric design and digital fabrication can bring us closer to the natural world, and how Mamou-Mani’s approach can lead the way towards a positive robotic age.

Arash Adel

University of Michigan, USA

Robotically Assembled [Timber] Architecture



Geoffrey Mitchell

CDRSP-PLeiria, Portugal

Designing Multiscale products1

1 Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development, Polytechnic of Leiria, Marinha Grande, Portugal


Multiscale is a widely used term in structure and simulation and refers to phenomena that occur over a range of time and length scales. Direct digital manufacturing is able to fabricate any self-supporting structure. Multi-scale definitions arise because it is not sufficient for most products simply to define the external shape for the product to deliver the intended functions. However, the development of a digital definition on multi-scales is a remarkable challenging task.  In traditional manufacturing multi-scale definition is usually achieved by assembling disparate parts in to a product, a simple example is constructing a product from Lego bricks, each brick can posses different properties or functions other than the ability to clip to another. Another approach is through the means of a design of the shape or form together with a specification of how it will be fabricated. The latter is not so adaptable to digitisation. In this presentation we explore the methodologies  available to design from a functional rather than a form perspective. We evaluate how these to fit with the pre-build processes required for most direct digital manufacturing. Where possible we provide examples and indicate the possibilities.