Digital B-Side: A pavilion built as part of a research project in Hong Kong.

Digital B-Side

Research Pavilions and Their Afterlife

Focus Work FS23
Students: Alanis Diem & Alessandro Luppi, Noé Schwaller & Timon Droll
Supervisor: Dominik Reisach

The 1990s saw the beginning of the “digital turn” and with it the emergence of a “digital culture” in architecture. Alongside new design tools, architects discovered methods of digital fabrication that enabled unconventional and experimental approaches. In this context, the production of physical objects was (and still is) essential, because they serve as proof of the feasibility of the conceived processes and designs. At the same time, the prototypes, demonstrators, and pavilions produced serve as important milestones in the development of these processes and lead to their improvement. According to this logic, it can be assumed that all objects produced for research purposes represent a valuable contribution to the discourse and thus also a scientific added value, contributing to the development of technology and architecture.

At the same time, the discourse in architecture is dominated by the issues of sustainability, from which research cannot be exempt. As part of the Digital B-Side research project, two in-depth papers examine the results of the Fabricate Conference and address the following questions: