25 - 27.03.2024

The Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology

Krakow Conference on the Future of the Building





Much of what goes into developing a manufactured product is about determining and realizing how something will be made. As a result, manufacturing naturally embodies a movement toward process innovation. When one designs a car, an airplane, even a toy, one needs to understand all aspects of its progress to market from the outset. Significant advantages come about by streamlining the steps to get there. Such a constraint-aware approach within the construction industry would embrace the performative requirements a given design needs to meet (programmatic, environmental, material, etc.), and the necessary limitations associated with how that design will be realized on a given site. We can then begin to create delivery models that are replicable and that can evolve rapidly and dynamically to incorporate new materials and methods. An optimized manufacturing process for the construction industry could be established on a consolidated parametric model-based platform. It could embrace evolutionary improvement through emergent techniques such as advanced data-modeling and machine learning. It could integrate climate goals seamlessly across the entire supply chain while incorporating native verification. And it could rapidly push forward the new way of building we need right now: responsive, responsible, durable, cost-efficient, resilient, beautiful, and humane.  

Krakow Chapter of the Polish Academy of Science in collaboration with the New York-based architecture firm SHoP Architects and Yale Center for Ecosystems and Architecture, is convening series of talks and panel discussion, to be held in Krakow in the Spring of 2024. The two-day event will focus on understanding an evolutionary model of realizing our built environment, embracing a distributed, circular, and diversified manufacturing ecosystem similar to those of the automotive and aerospace industries. Participants will include noted architects and engineers, manufacturers, and technologists.  Manufacturing Architecture will take on the global challenges we face through a top-to-bottom reimagination of the way we design, deliver, and inhabit buildings, today and tomorrow.


Where almost every industry that touches our lives has evolved significantly, in some cases unrecognizably, since the 1950s, how buildings are built has not. They remain largely nonreproducible assemblies composed of discrete elements, and where data technologies are deployed, they are not optimized. Only limited collaboration is possible between the essential professions and trades. Barriers are raised by fears of liability. Communication is poor. Everywhere, effort and material is wasted. Efficiency plummets. Costs are driven up. And the results don’t meet our urgent needs. Is the construction industry destined to continue to build in the old ways, as the world changes dramatically around it? What if, instead, we transform the process of building? What could we achieve if we began, finally, to think of manufacturing architecture? 

With the approaching reality of climate collapse and challenges we face with forced labor in the material supply chain, it is imperative that we reconsider how we have chosen to construct our world. 

What we build and how we build it is every day a more crucial determinant in our ability to face this tremendous threat and inhumanity. In unprecedented ways, we must begin to grapple right now with the skyrocketing demand for new housing, the need to retrofit millions of existing structures, the possibility of ruggedizing or even relocating entire city centers and populations. 

We have to build smart, and very fast—and with an absolute minimum of impact on atmospheric carbon and in a humane way as possible. 

Unfortunately, the global construction industry as it stands is antiquated, unresponsive, inefficient, and a massive source of carbon pollution and suffers a material supply chain rife with forced labor. The good news, however, is that a host of promising new technologies are beginning to converge within the field. The construction sector is poised for major change. It is ripe for disruption, ready for vital new models that will endure. 

How will we build now and in the future? Is there a way to design and deliver buildings that can truly meet the challenges of our time? What technologies can be harnessed to push this critical worldwide effort? Manufacturing Architecture is the place to find the answers.

Monday 25th, 2024   5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Opening lectures given by 

•    Chris Sharples: SHoP: Beyond Iconic form 
•    Prof. Anna Dyson: Yale University, Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (Yale CEA)


Tuesday 26th, 2024,     9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Manufacturing Brighter Future Conference:
•    Ms. Erin Nickerson (US Consul General in Krakow): Conference Opening Speech (9:00-9:10)

•    Chris Sharples (AIA, SHoP Architects NY): Manufacturing Brighter Future (9:10-9:40)

•    Prof. Anna Dyson (Yale University, Center for Ecosystems in Architecture): Bio-based building materials (9:40-10:10)

•    Asst. Prof. John DeFazio (AIA, School of Architecture & Design, New York Institute of Technology, Drexler University): Daedalus’ Dream or, Art, Craft, and Industry in Architecture at the Edge of the Third Machine Age (10:10-10:40)

•    Dr Ewelina Woźniak-Szpakiewicz (Vice-Chair of the European Council of Modular Building Institute, Chief Executive Officer at DMDmodular): Modular Construction Market - a global transformation of the way we build (10:40-11:10)


Coffee Break (11:10-11:40)

•    Prof. Krzysztof Ingarden (Krakowska Akademia im. Andrzeja Frycza Modrzewskiego, Ingarden Ewy Architekci): Craftsmanship and Computer Modelling - Polish Expo Pavilion in Aichi (11:40-12:00)

•    dr hab. inż. arch. Kinga Racoń-Leja, prof. PK / dr inż. arch. Anna Porębska (Politechnika Krakowska), Patryk Kowalczuk Chief Operation Officer at DMDmodular): Energy Efficient Multifamily Housing In Myslowice (12:00-12:20)

•    Aluprof /Alutech presentation (12:20-12:35)

•    Arch. Rafał Schurma (Visio Architects and Consultants): Modular Underground? (12:35-12:55)

•   Saint Gobain presentation (12:55-13:10)

•   Dr Aleksandra Witeczek (Politechnika Śląska): Design for Disassembly (13:10-13:30)


Lunch break (13:30-14:30)


•    Prof. Yuriy Kryvoruchko (Lviv Polytechnic): The scale of the war and directions for the rebuilding of Ukraine  (14:30-14:50)

•    Mostostal Kraków presentation (14:50-15:05)

•    dr hab. inż. arch. Anna Wierzbicka, prof. PW (Politechnika Warszawska): Innovative approach to prefabrication in addressing social crises in housing: ProModSet Project - New European Bauhaus (15:05-15:25)

•    Geberit presentation (15:25-15:40)

•    Arch. Kateryna Yarowa (IK-architects, Kharkiv): Prefabrication in Ukraine: how it was and how it might be (15:40-16:00)

•    Panel discussion  - Perspectives of Off Site Manufacturing (16:00-16:30)


Wednesday 27th 2024   

DMDmodular Factory Tour – 
Skawina 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

About DMDmodular

DMDmodular p.s.a. is a Polish company operating in domestic and foreign markets since 2016. The company offers a wide range of services, including designing and constructing buildings using modular technology. Its portfolio comprises student accommodation facilities, hotels, multi-family buildings, single-family buildings, temporary accommodations, and recreational facilities.

DMDmodular's technology holds numerous certificates and accreditations confirming its high technical quality and compliance with fire, acoustic, energy, and environmental requirements. The company's extensive team experience and proven technology have led to the receipt of several national and international awards.


Extra lecture:

•    Asst. Prof. John DeFazio (AIA, School of Architecture & Design, New York Institute of Technology, executive director of the Raymond Farm Center of Living Arts & Design): PIONEERING MODERN ARCHITECTURE IN JAPAN, ASIA & AMERICA. The Work and Life of Antonin and Noémi Raymond (17:00-18:30)



Monday, March 25th – Wednesday, March 27th, 2024.

Information and registration:

All lectures and presentations during the MBF conference will be given in English.

Attention due to the limited number of participants earlier registration is needed: www.mbf-conference.com



Komisja Urbanistyki i Architektury Oddziału PAN w Krakowie

Krakow Chapter of the Polish Academy of Science

Wydział Architektury Politechniki Krakowskiej im. Tadeusza Kościuszki

The Faculty of Architecture of Krakow University of Technology

Wydział Architektury i Sztuk Pięknych Krakowskiej Akademii im. Andrzeja Frycza Modrzewskiego

The Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts of Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Kraków University

School of Architecture and Design, New York Institute of Technology


Modular Building Institute


Media patronage:

Architektura i Biznes



The Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, ul. Marii Konopnickiej 26, Kraków 


Key speakers:

Chris Sharples; principal of SHoP Architects, New York



Anna Dyson: Professor in the Yale School of Architecture (YSoA) and Environment, Director of Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture



Organizing committee:
prof. Artur Jasiński, Krakowska Akademia im. Andrzeja Frycza Modrzewskiego, 
+48 602 386 370, a.jasinski@ajbiuro.pl

arch. Wojciech T. Oktawiec, Assistant Professor School of Architecture and Design New York Institute of Technology, Path Architecture PC, NYIT, NY
+1(917)604-8723, woktaw@gmail.com

arch. Katarzyna Leśnodorska, Artur Jasiński i Wspólnicy Biuro Architektoniczne
+48 604 783 224, k.lesnodorska@ajbiuro.pl



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All lectures and presentations during the MBF conference will be given in English.


27.03.2024 17:00-18:30

Pioneering Modern Architecture in Japan, Asia & America. The Work and Life of Antonin and Noemi Raymond

Prof. John DeFazio (Raymond Center of Living Arts & Design )

25.03.2024 17:00-20:00

Bio-based materials


Prof. Anna Dyson (Yale University)

Atlassian, The tallest commercial hybrid sequestering mass-timber tower in the world.

Sydney, Australia

25.03.2024 17:00-20:00

Beyond Iconic form


Chris Sharples (Shop Architects NY)

John DeFazio is an architect, writer, and teacher. He lives and practices architecture, urban planning, and design in Sunnyside Gardens, New York City. JOHN DeFAZIO AIA, Architecture, has been in practice since 1986.DeFazio received a Bachelor of Architectural Science and Bachelor of Architecture degree of the New York Institute of Technology (1979/81). Upon graduation, John was engaged as a design/project architect in the Philadelphia region, most notably at the Pritzker Prize and AIA Gold Metalist award-winning Venturi Scott Brown Associates office. VSBA had received the AIA Firm Gold Metal during DeFazio’s tenure there.

John DeFazio currently teaches undergraduate Architectural Thesis at New York Institute of Technology’s Manhattan Campus. Over the past seven years at NYIT, DeFazio has taught graduate studios, ecological site design, integrative architectural design, and urban design studios.

John is also a Senior Project /Thesis Advisor at Drexel University’s Westphal College, a studio he has been teaching since 2013. At Drexel, John also teaches modern and contemporary theory and history in art and architecture, as well as special studies courses-- including one on Frank Lloyd Wight and another on Architecture in Film. In addition, DeFazio has conducted Drexel study-abroad courses in Japan, the Netherlands, and the Barcelona/Catalan Region of Spain. John has been teaching at Drexel University for over 30 years.

John DeFazio is also a writer on contemporary art, architecture, and planning and a contributor to Art in America and Residential Design Magazine. In addition to his teaching, writing, and practice, John DeFazio is a founder and executive director (along with co-director Charlotte Raymond) of the Raymond Farm Center of Living Arts & Design, a regional art and design forum in New Hope, PA.


Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design and Professor at the School of the Environment

Anna Dyson is the Hines Professor of Architecture at the Yale Schools of Architecture (YSoA) and Environment (YSE). She is the founding Director of the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (Yale CEA), a research initiative that integrates interdisciplinary labs across campus to collaborate on the research, development and deployment of novel architectural systems that are focused on the challenge of metabolizing energy, water and materials within architecture in radically new ways.

At the YSoA, Dyson has established a new model for PhD-level design research in Architectural Sciences which has received multiple honors for pedagogy, including the award for most innovative academic program from the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) and an Award of Excellence from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Dyson has been directing design research programs that have competitively won awards and contracts from multiple sponsors such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), The New York City Dept of Design and Construction (NYC-DDC), NYSERDA, NYSTAR, NEXUS, and from private sponsors such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Baruch Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, and others.

Recipient of the Innovator Award from Architectural Record, Dyson holds many international patents on building systems innovations for the collection and distribution of clean energy, water, air quality and material life cycle. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), and The Center for Architecture. Designs for novel systems have won many awards, including a 1st prize from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Climate Camouflage and Integrated Concentrating Solar Façade systems, Architect R&D awards for the Solar Enclosure for Water Reuse (SEWR) and the Active Modular Phytoremediation System (AMPS).

In 2007, Dyson co-founded the ground-breaking Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE) with Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM LLP) and RPI. Multiple systems are being deployed within scaled up building test sites: with SOM, the AMPS system was installed into the Public Safety Answering Center (PSAC II) in Bronx, NY and was included in the Best Architecture of 2017 by the Wall St. Journal, as the first full scale test of the production of fresh air from within a building through plant-based air handling systems. In 2019, Yale CEA’s Ecological Living Module, demonstrating a nexus for on-site energy, water and agricultural production, was named as the #1 World Changing Idea, by the UN News.



Christopher Sharples is a founding principal of SHoP who brings his focus on the public realm and his understanding of the experiential possibilities of architecture to the design of some of the firm’s most demanding projects, including the Uber Headquarters in San Francisco, the Domino Sugar master plan and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the National Veterans Resource Center at Syracuse University. With his brother, William Sharples, Chris also leads SHoP’s work designing embassies and other diplomatic facilities for the U.S. Department of State.

Currently, his concentration is on revolutionary models of building that embrace next-generation environmental and materials systems such as bio-based material systems, as well as process-driven innovation utilizing offsite manufacturing to achieve more efficient and environmentally responsive building delivery. His dedication to moving the profession forward continues in his commitment to lecturing and teaching, where he brings SHoP’s message—about the unity of technological invention, artistic inspiration, and public responsibility—to students and fellow professionals around the world.




About DMDmodular

DMDmodular p.s.a. is a Polish company operating in domestic and foreign markets since 2016. The company offers a wide range of services, including designing and constructing buildings using modular technology. Its portfolio comprises student accommodation facilities, hotels, multi-family buildings, single-family buildings, temporary accommodations, and recreational facilities.

DMDmodular's technology holds numerous certificates and accreditations confirming its high technical quality and compliance with fire, acoustic, energy, and environmental requirements. The company's extensive team experience and proven technology have led to the receipt of several national and international awards.

Factory Tour 

We invite you to participate in the Factory Tour, which will take place on March 27th at DMDmodular's headquarters at 23 Pilsudski Street, Skawina.

DMDmodular's factory is renowned for using advanced technologies in its manufacturing processes. The Factory Tour presents an excellent opportunity for participants to gain insights into 3D modular technology and its applications in construction.

The event will primarily focus on the technical aspects of modular technology, including the design process and implementation procedures involving prefabrication. Participants will have the chance to observe how this technology can revolutionize investment planning, design, and construction processes and the tangible benefits it offers to construction projects.

The Factory Tour at DMDmodular promises to be an inspiring event for construction industry professionals. Additionally, it provides an excellent networking opportunity to exchange experiences and expand knowledge on the latest trends in this rapidly evolving field.

The event is structured into two parts:

•    Substantive Part:

Fulfillment of the seven basic requirements for building objects, using the implementation of DMDmodular as an example.

•    PracticalPart:

A guided tour of the factory showcasing various stages of building construction using modular technology.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Factory Tour at DMDmodular. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require further information.

DMDmodular p.s.a.
32-050 Skawina ul. Piłsudskiego 23

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Wednesday 27th 2024   

DMDmodular Factory Tour – 
Skawina 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

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