Made by Robots
Challenging Architecture at a Larger Scale
1. Auflage April 2018
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Although highly ambitious and sophisticated, most attempts atusing robotic processes in architecture remain the exception;little more than prototypes or even failures at a larger scale.This is because the general approach is either to automate existingmanual processes or the complete construction process. However, thereal potential of robots remains unexploited if used merely for theexecution of highly repetitive mass-fabrication processes: theircapability for serial production of non-standard elements as wellas for varied construction processes is mostly wasted. In order toscale up and advance the application of robotics, for bothprefabrication and on-site construction, there needs to be anunderstanding of the different capabilities, and these should beconsidered right from the start of the design and planning process.This issue of AD showcases the findings of the Architectureand Digital Fabrication research module at the ETH Zurich FutureCities Laboratory in Singapore, directed by Fabio Gramazio andMatthias Kohler, which explores the possibilities of roboticconstruction processes for architecture and their large-scaleapplication to the design and construction of high-rise buildings.Together with other contributors, they also look at thefar-reaching transformations starting to occur within automatedfabrication: in terms of liberation of labour, entrepreneurship,the changing shape of building sites, in-situ fabrication and, mostsignificantly, design.
Contributors: Thomas Bock, Jelle Feringa, Philippe Morel, NeriOxman, Antoine Picon and François Roche.
ETH Zurich contributors: Michael Budig, Norman Hack, Willi Lauerand Jason Lim and Raffael Petrovic (Future Cities Laboratory),Volker Helm, Silke Langenberg and Jan Willmann.
Featured entrepreneurs: Greyshed, Machineous, Odico FormworkRobotics, RoboFold and ROB Technologies.