Research Talk

SR2: Robotic 3D printing

The Team behind the idea shares the research with Q&A

6:00 pm | 24 June | Virtual event

We’ve had the exhibition of brilliant ideas for building circularity

We’ve had the night of networking, cocktails and a wander around a fabulous exhibition featuring robotics and 3D printing.

We’ve had the Surround Sound panel event – with seven experts on stage, two soapboxes + microphones on stands, and the audience helping to answer our central provocation. If you think this looked like a cross between QandA and Shakespeare in the Round, you’d be right!

NOW HEAR FROM THE INVENTORS of the SR2 (Systems Reef 2) with THE RESEARCH TALK (streamed live)

Join BVN virtually for a detailed presentation of the research behind SR2 with Q&A

*please note a link will be sent to the email address you provided on your ticket just prior to the event.


CO-CEO, Strategic Champion Digital Innovation and Robotic

Ninotschka is interested in future scenarios and possibilities that can emerge through a project. She is passionate about the role architects play in shaping our interactions, communities and cities and continually seeks to effect change through projects. Ninotschka is interested in the changing nature of architectural practice and the potential for new ways of engaging in the design and construction process. She is passionate about the possibilities that new technologies offer, enabling us to design and build smarter, more creatively with outcomes that are better for the planet. She is leading BVN’s research into robotics and digital fabrication, including large scale 3D printing and circular economy principles. Her most recent projects are the new Atlassian Headquarters, set to be the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower. Her work has been recognised through numerous awards nationally and internationally including a RIBA International Award and a World Architecture Award commendation. She is currently a Commissioner on the Commission for the Future of Sydney CBD, which examines the changing nature of Sydney in a post COVID-19 world.

TIM Schork

Dr Tim Schork

Associate Professor, School of Architecture within the Faculty of Design, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Tim Schork is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture within the Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building (DAB) at the University of Technology Sydney, where he co-founded and co-leads the Transformative Technologies Lab. Tim is passionate about design, technology and the environment and his research aims to establish a nuanced and informed understanding of the environmental impact of the built environment, the transformative power of technology, the importance of low-carbon materials and their real-world impact. His ground-breaking research in the areas of computational design, low-embodied carbon materials and additive manufacturing fundamentally rethinks and radically transforms current practices and develops new approaches to design, materials and construction processes in order to build a decarbonised building culture.

What’s the SR2 (Systems Reef2 air diffusion system)?

The construction industry contributes around 40 per cent of global carbon emissions. As a society we are facing significant challenges and can’t afford to continue building in the same way we do now. There is a real need and urgency to rethink our current practices and to develop new approaches to design, materials and construction.

SR2 confronts these challenges head on. It is a new 3D printed air diffusion system designed to significantly reduce the embodied carbon impact required to supply air to contemporary workplace in existing buildings, while creating new opportunities for comfort and expression.

The system is the result of a joint research collaboration between BVN and UTS’ Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

Designed with advanced technology and made using additive manufacturing (3D printing) and recycled plastic PETG waste,
it creates an aerodynamic plug and play system which branches and breathes freely like a natural organism

The team discuss their approach to:

  • Sustainability, new materials, and the circular economy
  • The need to reinvent existing services systems; to support the retention of existing buildings and enable 21st century ways of occupying space

To view the talk you will need to register through the ticketing system below to receive the link to the live stream.