Teaching as a method to broadcast research. To academic and young audiences. 


Hybrid Materialities


Project lead: Maria Smigielska (ETH Zurich)

Guest lecture: Fologram

Coordination: Eva Böhlen

Photo/ video: Adrian Forkin, Eva Böhlen, Noah Wellinger, Vera Vogelsanger, Maria Smigielska

Video editing: Luisa Vélez, Christine Beglinger

Clay printing, rod bending, AR implementation: Maria Smigielska, Digital Building Technologies, ETH Zurich

AR glasses: Institute Interactive Technologies, FHNW

Teaching support: PhysicalComputingLab IXDM, HGK FHNW

Exhibition design: Maria Smigielska, Marina Klein-Hietpas (assistance)



Material Wonders 3: what plants want

The third edition of a summerschool for young audiences in collaboration with Plant Science Center, ETH.  Through experimentation with bio-materials, upcycling strategies, digital design and basic digital fabrication methods we created a rich pegboard green wall made of Schiffbau Theater waste, filled with 3d printed vases, water dispensers  and various artificial plants.

team: Maria Smigielska (lead), Daniel Nikles, Savannah Goetsch, Sarah Harbath (guest tutor), Tobias Berndt

Creative Labz organization: Dr. Juanita Schläpfer-Miller, Ulrike von Groll



Remote Materialities: Future Scenographies with Robotic Interfaces

An Interdisciplinary Praxis modul at ZHdK, Zurich

team: Luke Franzke, Maria Smigielska, Lisa Ochsenbein

guest lectures: Mihye An, James Bern, Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou

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Material Wonders 2


A summerschool in collaboration with Plant Science Center, ETH (CreativeLabz). Teaching course on bio-materials, digital design and fabrication, Zurich 

team: Maria Smigielska (lead), Daniel Nikles, Sandra Seb, Roger Zimmermann (guest)

Creative Labz organization: Dr. Juanita Schläpfer-Miller, Ulrike von Groll

outreach at Scientifica, ETH Zurich 09.2021 read more



Design and fabrication of custom wallcoverings and surfaces at Hyperwerk HGK FHNW. Basel  2021

team: Maria Smigielska, Daniel Nikles



Material Wonders

A summerschool for young audience in collaboration at Plant Science Center ETH (Creative Labz). A teaching course on digital design and fabrication in combination with bio-materials, Zurich 2020

team: Maria Smigielska (lead), Daniel Nikles, klipp+klang, Maya Minder (guest)

Creative Labz organization: Dr. Juanita Schläpfer-Miller, Ulrike von Groll

Craftsmanship in the digital era

Lehrfonds funded teaching course at the Institute Integrative Design HGK, FHNW, Basel 2020

teaching team: Maria Smigielska, Edyta Augustynowicz, Daniel Nikles, Heinz Wagner

exhibition: HGK Campus, FHNW, Basel 09.2020



Hello Mars 2!

In collaboration with Creative Labz and MuDA, Zurich a teaching course for young audience about robotics in order to populate Mars planet, Zurich 2019


MuDA: Christian Etter, Lisa Heierli, Maria Smigielska

CreativeLabz: Dr. Juanita Schläpfer-Miller, Ulrike von Groll

Guests: Grace Cain (ETH), Yannic Hofmann (Rover) 

exhibition: MuDA 02.2020


Robotic rod bending for industrial design

Transfer of digital knowledge for design and robotic fabrication +conceptual development of individual students’ projects.

Intensive workshop for Industrial Design FHNW, Basel, Switzerland, 2018

team: Maria Smigielska (lead), Daniel Nikles (robotic assistance)

Robotic manipulation of textiles for fashion design

fabric manipulation by robotically applied adhesives

team: Johannes Braumann, Maria Smigielska (Creative Robotics UfG Linz) with Fashion&Technology UfG, Linz, 2018


Generative design for spaceframes

4 days workshop at transdisciplinary Art[n+1] gallery in Paris, 2017.

team: Maria Smigielska, Mateusz Zwierzycki


Robotic rod bending and architectural spaceframes

transfer of digital knowledge for: parametric design, FE structural optimization of robotic rod bent spaceframes

at Digital Knowledge, ENSAPM Malaquais, 2017

team: Maria Smigielska