Architecture, Robotics, and the Importance of Human Interaction – An Interview with Prof. Kathrin Dörfler

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Digital and technical innovation plays an essential role in optimizing the modern built environment.

September 21, 2020
Aarni Heiskanen - AEC Business

We sat down with Professor Kathrin Dörfler of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in advance of WDBE 2020. We discussed the importance of innovation and how her research focuses on the need for practical and productive solutions when it comes to on-site support.

Digital and technical innovation plays an essential role in optimizing the modern built environment. Now leading the Augmented Fabrication Lab (AFAB) in TUM, Professor Kathrin Dörfler quickly saw the need for practical solutions early in her career.

The Importance of ‘Need’

“I’m originally an architect,” she says. “I studied digital art and architecture and my tendency to go toward digital fabrication came from this proximity to computational design and the need to use robots for fabrication. There was no other way to build the things you created in your virtual space without using machinery.”

Mr. Heiskanen may be contacted at aec-business@aepartners.fi



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