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September Newsletter

Mission Statement

Our aim at DigitalFUTURES is to democratize architectural education by making important architectural ideas available for free to architects and students across the globe, regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, age or economic standing. Education, we believe, should be a human right, and not a privilege of the wealthy.

DigitalFUTURES Workshops:

DigitalFUTURES would like to thank all the instructors and students for their generous contributions to our InclusiveFUTURES summer festival of workshops. Without you, none of this amazing festival would have been possible. We would also like to thank those who contributed to the regional reviews of our InclusiveFUTURES workshops


Education remains central to our mission. In response to popular demand, we have now decided to host technical tutorials throughout the year as part of our Saturday live streaming events. In addition to our theme-based panel discussions, we will therefore introduce a series of technical tutorials, operating at a range of different skill levels from introductory to advanced. These tutorials will be taught by some of our summer workshop instructors, and will cover the latest techniques and tools, from basic tools, such as Rhino, through to the latest AI techniques. Initially these tutorials were taught in English, but eventually we hope to host all future events in a range of different languages, in the spirit of InclusiveFUTURES. 

Students may either attend our Saturday tutorials on Zoom, by registering in advance, or follow them on our live-streaming channels on YouTube, FaceBook and Bilibili. All technical tutorials will be recorded as a resource for future students and posted on our Youtube and BiliBili channels.

Upcoming Events

All events will be live-streamed on Youtube and BiliBili.
DigitalFUTURES Workshop Tutorial: Rhino 3D Modeling Techniques

4 September at 10:00am EDT / 4:00pm CET / 10:00pm China

Rhino 3D Modeling techniques and tools will be introduced and explained in this 2 hour tutorial.  A learning path will be presented as a combination of a design process along with modeling strategies, making this session uniquely valuable to all skill levels. 


The Learning Objectives are as follows:

-Rhino3D Modeling Techniques

-Surface creation commands

-Pattern on 3D surface


Instructor: Ahmed Hassab

(REGISTER TO JOIN ZOOM) Recommended: Registration  24 hours before event

DigitalFUTURES Talk: New Hybridities: Young Chinese Designers

11 September at 10:00am EDT / 4:00pm CET / 10:00pm China 

This panel brings together a group of highly talented young Chinese artists and architects. Coming from a range of architectural backgrounds, and with experience of both the East and West, these individuals avidly investigate the cutting edge of space-making, at the intersection between the digital and the physical, if not fully digital. Using tools and media such as scanning, simulation, animation, gaming and VR, they project the real onto the virtual and the virtual onto the real, expanding the imagination of the viewer through the immersive experience of their entanglement.

Presentations by: Yang Rui, Weng Kefan, Reva Fan Yiwen, Ji Shi, Kaiho Yu


DigitalFUTURES Talk: Spot for the AEC industry

18 September at 10:00am EDT / 4:00pm CET / 10:00pm China

Foster + Partners' Applied Research and Development team will share their experience as part of the early adopters program for Spot, Boston Dynamics' semi-autonomous robot dog. The session will focus on using Spot for automated reality capture and the use of spatial data for digital twins.

Presentations by: Khaled Elashry, Sherif Tarabishy, and Anders Rod


DigitalFUTURES Talk: Brazilian Favelas: Different Perspectives

25 September at 10:00am EDT / 4:00pm CET / 10:00pm China

Informal settlements present social-economic and political challenges for many countries. In Brazil, favelas play an important role in our culture. In this panel discussion, the challenges of the favela will be examined from a computational perspective, in an effort to shed light on the many issues involved. This session will showcase the work of researchers taking different yet intersecting approaches, and working at a range of scales - from the urban, though to dwelling typologies, and design at the scale of the object.

Presentations by: Débora Verniz, Verônica Natividade, Maria Ângela Dias & Margaret Chokyu

Moderated by: Angélica Paiva Ponzio 



Our InclusiveFUTURES Workshops Overview:

Over the past few Saturdays DigitalFUTURES has presented a series of regional overviews of the workshop outcomes from the InclusiveFUTURES summer festival of workshops. For the InclusiveFUTURES regional workshop overviews click here:


Exhibition Opening featuring the Asia/Pacific region

Spatial Glulam Structures - Design potentials of In-Situ Robotic Timber Construction /  Philip F. Yuan, CAUP, Tongji University and Achim Menges. ICD #UniversityofStuttgart and Hans Jakob Wagner,  ICD University of Stuttgart) and Hua Chai, Tongji University) and Tim Stark, ICD

Form Finding and Digital Fabrication of Corrugated Concrete Shell Using Knitted Formwork /  Philippe Block, ETH & Philip F Yuan, Tongji University, Tom Van Mele, Block Research Group, Xiang Wang,  Tongji University, Chaoyu Du, ETH Zurich

AI Sampling / taught by Immanuel Koh, Assistant Professor from Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD) @sutdsg

AI眼中的世界:人工智能城市感知、大数据特征预测系统 / Hao Zheng, 博士生, University of Pennsylvania


Chinese Fabrication Workshops Overview (in Chinese)

Intelligent Form / Ding Wen ‘Nic’ Bao, RMIT University & Xin Yan, University of Chinese Academy of Science & Jianan Peng, China Construction Science & Technology Group

Tectonic Formation / Jianan Peng, China Construction Science & Technology Group & Ding Wen ‘Nic’ Bao, RMIT University

Augmented Tectonics / Soomeen Hahm, SD, SCI -Arc & Jianan Peng, China Construction Science & Technology Group


India and Bangladesh Workshops Overview

Machinic Crafts: Programmable toolpaths for desktop 3D Printers workshop / Bhavleen Kaur, Balwant Sheth SOA, & Sujay Kumarji, SK Design Studio

Fractals 30.0: Analog_Algorithms / Takbir Fatima, Designaware 

Intro to AI for Architectural Design Explorations /  Mayur Mistry , Digital Innovation & Daniel Escobar, OLA.Research

The Formula in Natural Creations & Formulated Architecture / Susmita Biswas, AUST & Pijush Kumar Paul, Gono Bishwabidyalay


Africa and Middle East Workshops Overview 


Space Architecture / Samer El Sayary, BAU

Evolving Morphologies - Interacting in Evolutionary Algorithms / Zayad Motlib, XJTLU & Heba Eiz, UCL

Nature, Computational design and Grasshopper in seven days / Mohammed Behjoo, University of Tehran

Artificial intelligence in architecture: exploring GANs / Mohammed Behjoo, University of Tehran

Robotic 3D Metal Printing (WAAM) / Hanadi Salem + Sherif Abdelmohsen + Omar Geneidy + Ahmed Elsokaty , AUC 

Computational design, and Digital fabrication / Ahmed Hassab, AUC & Muhammed Gahmi, HASSAB[R]


West North America Workshops Overview

Architectural Intelligence - AI / Benjamin Ennemoser & Guvenc Ozel,  UCLA AUD - IDEAS 

Data Visualization with P5.js /Yoon Chung Han, San Jose State University

Domestic realities - My living room is public / Yara Feghali, UCLA AUD 

GANs 2d to 3d / Shane Bugni & Gabriel Esquivel, Texas A&M University 

Narratives of the Post-Anthropocene / Alex Webb from the School of Architecture, University of New Mexico

New Veils: Couture and Architecture / Lisa Jiang, presenting on behalf of Philip Beesley, LASG Studio

Really. . . ? /  Viktoria Luisa Barbo, Resonant Matter, on behalf of fellow team members Neil Leach, FIU, Sanford Kwinter, Pratt, & Marina Rodriguez das Neves, FIU


South American Workshops Overview

Memoria y Percepción en la Arquitectura Digital / Giovanna Pillaca,  Jennifer Durand, Claudia Garcia

Aldeas Planetarias / Florencia Spina, Di Tella

Inteligência Coletiva / Marina Borges, PUC Minas

Neural Durand / ZFederico Menichetti, UBA


East North America Workshops Overview

Kinectoscapes / Mona Ghandi, Washington State University

Creative AI Ecologies / Shermeen Yousif, FAU on behalf of fellow Team members Daniel Bolojan, FAU & Emmanouil Vermisso, FAU

Digital Unforgetting / Neady Oduor, Canadian Centre of Architecture

Design Data / Tom Verebes & Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, NJIT

Conversations on Inclusivity / Gustavo Rincon, UCSB on behalf of fellow Team members Biayna Bogosian, FIU, Virginia Melnyk, U-M, Marina Rodriguez das Neves, FIU


Russia and Europe Workshops Overview

Autonomous Origami / Yasaman Tahouni, Tiffany Cheng, Dylan Wood / ICD Stuttgart

METAMORPHOSES / R. Armstrong, R. Hughes, M. Usk, J. Wurm, E. Armstrong / KU Leuven & co.

Rework Interactions / A. Keshishian, V. Krishna, T. Fadous, S. Zapuc / Futurly

Timber Tectonics / V. Bhooshan, H. Louth, A. Nahmad Vazquez / ZHACODE

WEBITECTURE / Stepan Kukharskiy, Alina Chereyskaya / SA Lab

Space as a Story / Daria Smakhtina / Ephemera ONE

Architecture of time-based data sculptures / K. Larina, E. Haiman / UCL+Habidatum


Join our team?

Interested in hosting an event or becoming a DigitalFUTURES Team member? We are looking for passionate young architects who are interested in sharing knowledge and helping organize weekly events. DigitalFUTURES is volunteer run, and each team member is passionate and dedicated to the platform initiative. Each member is responsible for weekly assistance in many portions of the team. If interested please reach out to us at


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Thank you for your continued support,
DigitalFUTURES Team

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