The Bartlett School of Architecture


Making Magic Happen: Mariana Popescu

19 May 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

I.F.L.Y. by Qiuyan Da and Jingcheng Xie

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Jessica In


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Making Magic Happen is a weekly lecture series featuring talks from artists, programmers, developers and technologists. Lectures take place every Tuesday.

Our speakers give behind-the-scenes insight into how their design and technical skills have helped them make the magic happen in their respective fields of architecture, design, software development, fabrication, performance and interaction. 

This series is organised by Jessica In, Skills coordinator of Design for Performance & Interaction MArch.

Speaker biography

Dr Mariana Popescu is a post-doctoral researcher for the Block Research Group (BRG) at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich. She is an architect with a strong interest in creating innovative approaches to the fabrication process and use of materials. 

Mariana studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology, before obtaining her PhD at the BRG in 2019. Her research focuses on the development of KnitCrete, a novel, material-saving, labour-reducing, cost-effective formwork system for casting of doubly-curved geometries in concrete using 3D knitting. She is the main author of the award-winning KnitCandela shell and was included in the MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 list in 2019.

Image:  I.F.L.Y. by Qiuyan Da and Jingcheng Xie, Design for Performance & Interaction students 2019.