Digital Fabrication Studio 2

2ème quadri

DFS Q2_ Digital Fabrication Studio Q2. 

Teaching team: David Erkan in collaboration with tutors from the Faculty of Architecture and other fields.

Semester 02_2019

Course language: English/ French

Semester 02_2019 subject: « From science-fiction to science facts: Exploring future realities. »


DIGITAL FABRICATION STUDIO Q2 is an immersive cross-disciplinary, technology, research and process orientated, architecture studio.


DFS Q2 is concerned with the increasing convergence and interaction between creative disciplines, engineering, and emerging technologies.


DFS Q2 will be questioning the fabric of things from the nanoscopic to the macroscopic level, with the objective to reveal the architecture of things.


DFS Q2 relies on the principles of collective intelligence, reciprocity and collaborative processes


DFS Q2 will function as a Workshop, and a production environment wherein students are expected to produce as much as possible work in real time, during the sessions.


The Studio will be operating as a media and technology action and thinktank.

  • Student will submit and develop their own subject throughout the semester.
  • Students will be requested to present, discuss and document their work at every session.
  • Students will be working individually during the whole semester.
  • Students will be requested to document their work on a regular basis, through photos, videos, writing, drawing, detailing, context integration…

Each student will produce a research and a design book in the form of a publication to be presented at the end of the semester.


DFS Q2 operates on the principles of reverse and context engineering.


Students will explore the concepts of DOING – UNDOING – REDOING


The Studio objectives:


  • Immersing students within a production environment.
  • Challenging the notion of authorship with principles of self-organization and emerging collaborative patterns.
  • Bringing attention on the multidisciplinary character of architecture as a practice;
  • Fomenting fast and creative exchange of ideas into built forms and highlighting the potential of innovation as an anti-ordinary approach to projects and practices.
  • Learning to manage the resources involved into producing 1:1 scale prototype.
  • Learning to theorize and to develop a methodology based on research by production.
  • Learning to develop business models.
  • Learning the process of documenting, editing and publishing a research book.


DFS Q2 will be closely working with the Faculty of Architecture Digital Research Laboratory (A_DRL), and other partnering research facilities within the University and the private sector.

This year’s course will embark students on a 20-week workshop throughout which they will be researching a subject of their choice within the list further below.

 This year studio will be focussing on a series of research subjects and live projects selected and conducted individually by each student. Details of the program will be presented during the studio.

Students will be:

  • Exploring subjects
  • Researching & understanding
  • Confronting & criticising ideas and concepts
  • Designing, drawing, rationalizing, refining, detailing.
  • Producing 1:1 scale fabrication & prototyping
  • Documenting, drawing, writing & publishing
  • Curating & exhibiting

Research subjects are free but should include digital fabrication processes.

Topics may include:

  • Architecture, Design & Engineering;
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Materials research & recycling
  • Electronics and Robotics;
  • Artificial Intelligence & Biomimetics;
  • Permaculture;
  • Smart and Nano technologies;
  • Computing, Coding & Software (Coding, BIM, CAD, CAE, CAM);
  • IOT
  • Virtual reality/ Augmented reality & Mixed reality
  • Video game design

Guest speakers & critics will include:


A number of guest critics among others will be involved into the studio throughout the semester.

  • Architects, Engineers and designers.
  • Scientists
  • Academics, Tutors & Researchers.
  • Fabers & Makers
  • Professionals;
  • Industrial experts & specialists.
  • Stake holders.


Field Trip: A Studio field trip to London will be organised at the end of the semester. Participation is highly recommended but not mandatory.


Fees: Access & use of the Digital Research Lab facilities is subject to fees.

The studio final reviews will be held at the end of the semester at the Digital Research Lab.



Faculty of Architecture tutors:

  • Denis Derycke (AIM / ALice)
  • David Lobouglio (AIM / ALice)
  • Salvatore-John Liotta (Structure)
  • Gregorio Carboni Maestri (théorie/ histoire)
  • Thomas Vilquin (structure)
  • Researchers.


Academic institutions collaborations:

  • Labo Alice, ULB, Brussels.
  • VUB-AE Department Brussels.
  • Medialab Erasmus Hoge School, Brussels.
  • FabLab Brussels, VUB. Brussels.
  • Haute Ecole Francisco Ferrer, Bruxelles.
  • Bartlett School of Architecture_UCL_London. UK.
  • Architectural Association_London. UK.
  • Ravensbourne College of Design, London, UK.
  • IAAC_Barcelona
  • ETH Zurich.


Digital Fabrication collaborations:

  • FabLab Imal Brussels.
  • SuperLab, Brussels.
  • Hacker Space Urlab, ULB, Brussels.
  • Collaborativa, Cordoba.
  • FabLab Limerick, Ireland.
  • FabLab Amsterdam.
  • FabLab Rotterdam.
  • FabLab Benelux.


Institutional collaborations:


Bruxelles Formation