Posted on 13/10/2017 by Barbara Marin

Participation at Falling Walls Lab

OPEN DESIGN Team's fellows are breaking walls at Falling Walls Lab at Erwin-Schrödinger-Zentrum in Berlin-Adlershof


The Falling Walls Conference is an annual science event in Berlin, Germany, that coincides with the anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (November 9, 1989). The one-day scientific conference showcases the research work of international scientists from a wide range of fields.


Three members of OPEN DESIGN Team participated in the Falling Walls Lab taking place at Erwin-Schrödinger-Zentrum in Berlin-Adlershof on October 10, 2017.

  • Barbara is breaking the wall of TECHNOLOGY with her project about the connection of vernacular, technology and biomimetics.  The research aims to review the aspects about the social construction of technology that is present in the vernacular architecture. This emphasises an understanding about the kind of patterns that can be re-interpreted and applied in the methodology of integrated computational design.
  • Facundo is breaking the wall of INACCESSIBLE BIONICS. His project proposes a way to overcome multiple barriers around motor disabilities. This problem is approached, firstly,  by designing devices and interfaces that reduce the negative impact of environmental barriers. Later, he proposes an alternative approach to the development of bionics that aims to reduce  high complexity, high energy consumption and unaffordable prices characteristic of the classical engineering approach. Instead, the project uses nature as inspiration and, based on the wood principles of the cellular organization into a honeycomb pattern and a bilayer structure, develop a passive actuated knee articulation that can harvest energy from the environment.
  • Juan is breaking the wall of DISCIPLINES by combining the topics of social dynamics, innovation strategies and synergies. His project addresses the problem of team building processes in initiatives with needs of cooperation from different disciplines. A second question approaches how interdisciplinarity needs to fix different process of problem resolution in order to achieve innovation.


Congratulations to Facundo! His project convinced the jury to continue participation in the second round of Falling Walls.

Stay tuned for the final event of Falling Walls on November 1-10, 2017!