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BENDILICIOUS

Bendilicious is an ongoing research on robotic bending methods and its design methodologies emulated through demonstrators and educative workshops. Initiated during the residency at Art[n+1] gallery and ABB France Cergy in Paris.

OUR FOCUS

SYNTHESIS/ INTEGRATED DESIGN

We believe that the whole is more than the sum of its parts and we try to implement this at many levels. We try to combine design strategies, fabrication and material engineering in one continuous workflow. We also happily collaborate with specialists from other fields in order to build up our expertise. We want to merge back design and making by liberating design-to-construction processes of over constrained industrial systems by developing simplified and approachable processes.

ROBOTIC FABRICATION

We want to merge back design and making by liberating design-to-construction processes of over constrained industrial systems. We developed simplified technological solutions of robotic rod bending for non repetitive processes that are not only easy, but also versatile.

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Bendilicious develops simplified but versatile robotic automation processes of non standard rod bending for the prototypical purposes in architecture and product design. We are the team that loves to create by bringing steel alive. Up to the limits of imagination.

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We incorporate all means of design and production that oscillate between digital bits and constructible atoms, mass customisation and mass production, craftsmanship and automation. Therefore we like robots, but we don’t refuse to work with manual bender too. 

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OUR PROJECTS

FRONT DESK PROJECT, 2016

Design and fabrication furniture project started as a research for a commission to complete the space of an Art & Architecture AA[n+1] gallery in Paris.

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THE MEANS, 2016

Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Tallinn, EE 2017 , Creative Robotics exhibition, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, AT 2018, Bits, bots and brains, Tetem gallery, Entschede, NL 2018, Czapski Art Foundation, Poznan, PL 2018, poster publication: AAG 2018

collaboration with: Mateusz Zwierzycki ( The Object),

support: Adam Mickiewicz Institute

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OUR TEACHING PROJECTS

ROBOTIC ROD BENDING FOR STRUCTURALLY OPTIMISED NON STANDARD SPACEFRAMES workshop with ENSA Paris Malaquais 2017

tutoring: Maria Smigielska, hosted by  Digital Knowledge ENSA Paris-Malaquais, February 2017, jury: Philippe Morel, Pierre Cutellic, Leslie Ware. 

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ROBOTIC ROD BENDING FOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGN workshop with FHNW, Basel 2018

tutoring: Maria Smigielska, hosted by  Institute Industrial Design , FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel 2018

assistance: Daniel Nikles

photo credit: Andre Hoenicke, FHNW

software support: Robots in Architecture ( kuka|prc)

robotic facility support: Hyperwerk, HGK, FHNW

EVENTS & OUTREACH

book chapter @Routledge Companion to Artificial Intelligence in Architecture, 2021

“Augmented Intuition. Encoding Ideas, Matter and why it matters” 

with Mathias Bernhard and Benjamin Dillenburger

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open lecture @TU Graz

Architecture and Media, TU Graz, 03.2017

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paper presentation, DMS

Versaille, September 2017

“Application of Machine Learning within the integrative design and fabrication of robotic rod bending processes.”

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presentation at AIAAF symposium 2019

AI Aided Architectural Fabrication Symposium at University of Technology Brandenburg, Cottbus 2019

available on researchgate

 

poster presentation #AAG2018

Advances in Architectural Geometry conference 2018

available on researchgate

 

exhibition at Design Festival Bern, 2019

Kornhaus Forum, 2019

ABOUT

Maria Smigielska is an architect and researcher based in Zurich, Switzerland, oscilating between architecture, arts and technology. 

Graduated from Architecture department at TU Poznan (Poland, 2009) and the postgraduate program at the chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design at ETH Zurich (Switzerland, 2013). 

Balancing between research and the applied world, joined Baierbischofberger Architects, Zurich in 2014 to implement computational design methods and rationalize complex geometries, specially facades of art-oriented buildings, as well as assisted in various innovative academic project of smaller scale (Digital Grotesque, ETH).

Independently explores varied computational design and developes robotic processes for fabrication in order to simplify over constrained industrial systems in architectural production. 

Continuously shares professional experience and knowledge through teaching ( ENSA Paris Malaquais 2017, FHNW 2018) exhibiting/presenting during conferences (Tallinn Architecture Bienale 2017, Design Modelling Symposium 2017, Paris, Ars Electronica 2018, ZhDK Zurich, HKB Bern ). 

Maria initiated the research of robotic rod bending during her residency at AREA Institute in Paris. 

Talks:

2018.11 Research Design Methods Festival, HKB, Bern

2018.10 ‘Expanding Immersive Design’ conference talk, ZHdK, Zurich

2017.09 ENSA V, Paris, Design Modelling Symposium,  ‘Application of Machine Learning Within the Integrative Design and Fabrication of Robotic Rod Bending Processes’ 

2017.03 TU Graz, Open Lecture at the Institute of Architecture and Media in Graz / link

2017.06 Zurich, maker talk @Fablab Zurich

2017.03 AREA Institute, Paris PLEXUS PARIS #02

Exhibitions:

12..2018 Czapski Art Foundation, Poznan, PL

09.2018 Bits bots and brains exhibition duo, Tetem gallery, Entschede, NL (curated by Ella Buzo)

05.2018 ‘The Means’ project with Mateusz Zwierzycki, Ars Electronica Center, Creative Robotics exhibition ( curated by Johannes Braumann and Kristina Maurer) / link 

05.2018 ‘Proteus’ project, with Pierre Cutellic, Creative Robotics exhibition ( curated by Johannes Braumann and Kristina Maurer) , Ars Electronica Linz / link

10.2017  ‘drawN’ project, DRAWBOT exhibition (curated by Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou, Leslie Ware), ART[n+1] gallery Paris / link

09.2017  ‘The Means’ project with Mateusz Zwierzycki, Tallinn Architecture Biennale ( curated by Claudia Pasquero) / link 

more at mariasni.com

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