GRANULAR TOPOLOGIES
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The work of Ilmar Hurkxkens focuses on the form and processes of natural granular materials using advanced landscape surveying, modelling, and fabrication techniques. After graduating in architecture with an honourable mention from Delft University of Technology, he worked at the Chair of Landscape Architecture of Professor Christophe Girot, ETH Zurich, where he was DesignLab coordinator and member of the Landscape Visualization and Modeling Lab. He received the Young Researcher Award from the Volkswagen Foundation in 2013, the Digital Culture Work Grant from the Migros Culture Percentage with Ungenau Robotics in 2018 and in 2020 he was nominated for the ETH Medal for his dissertation “Robotic Landscapes” at the NCCR Digital Fabrication. He is co-founder of LANDSKIP, a laboratory centred on the production and deployment of new technologies for landscape transformation. His own firm Studio Ilmar Hurkxkens works on landscape architectural projects in Switzerland, Netherlands and Greece. As co-editor of Pamphlet 19, he assessed the importance of field instruments for landscape design. Currently, he holds a postdoc position at Gramazio Kohler Research, is lecturer in the Master of Science in Landscape Architecture ETH Zurich and co-editor of the upcoming publication “Robotic Landscapes: Designing the Unfinished” by Park Books in Zurich.


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Mo­del­la­re l’al­veo dei tor­ren­ti di mon­ta­gna - L’esempio del fiume Gürbe
March 2021 ARTICLE
Ilmar Hurkxkens, Fujan Fahmi, and Christophe Girot
In: Pae­sag­gi Tec­no­lo­gi­ci (Archi 1-2021)
https://www.espazium.ch/it/attualita/modellare-lalveo-dei-torrenti-di-montagna

Robotic Embankment: Free-Form Autonomous Formation in Terrain with HEAP
March 2021 PEER REVIEW JOURNAL ARTICLE
Dominic Jud, Ilmar Hurxkxens, Marco Hutter, Christophe Girot
Submitted to: Construction Robotics

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Robotic Landscapes: Topological Approaches to Terrain, Design, and Fabrication
September 2020 DISSERTATION
NCCR Digital Fabrication ETH Zurich, on the recommendation of:
Prof. Christophe Girot (Supervisor)
Prof. Marco Hutter (Co-Supervisor)
Prof. Matthias Kohler (Co-Supervisor)
https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000451100

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Informing Topology: Performative Landscapes with Rapid Mass Movement Simulation
June 2020 PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLE
Ilmar Hurkxkens, Benedikt Kowalewski, and Christophe Girot
In: JoDLA. Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture
https://doi.org/10.14627/537690014

Designing Formation Processes for Large Scale Autonomous Earth Moving
September 2019 PEER REVIEWED PAPER
Ilmar Hurkxkens, Ammar Mirjan, Fabio Gramazio, Mathias Kohler, and Christophe Girot
In: Proceedings of Design Modelling Symposium Berlin. Impact: Design With All Senses
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29829-6_6