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Made by Robots: Challenging Architecture at a Larger Scale

Fabio Gramazio (Guest Editor), Matthias Kohler (Guest Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-53548-6
136 pages
June 2014
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In the next decade or so, the widespread adoption of robotics is set to transform the construction industry: building techniques will become increasingly automated both on- and off-site, dispensing with manual labour and enabling greater cost and operational efficiencies. What unique opportunities, however, does robotics afford beyond operational effectiveness explicitly for the practice of architecture? What is the potential for the serial production of non-standard elements as well as for varied construction processes? In order to scale up and advance the application of robotics, for both prefabrication and on-site construction, there needs to be an understanding of the different capabilities, and these should be considered right from the start of the design and planning process. This issue of AD showcases the findings of the Architecture and Digital Fabrication research module at the ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore, directed by Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler, which explores the possibilities of robotic construction processes for architecture and their large-scale application to the design and construction of high-rise buildings. Together with other contributors, such as Philippe Morel, Neri Oxman, François Roche and Antoine Picon, they also look at the far-reaching transformations starting to occur within automated fabrication: in terms of liberation of labour, entrepreneurship, the changing shape of building sites, in-situ fabrication and, most significantly, design.

Contributors: Thomas Bock, Jelle Feringa, Philippe Morel, Neri Oxman, Antoine Picon and François Roche.

ETH Zurich contributors: Michael Budig, Norman Hack, Willi Lauer and Jason Lim and Raffael Petrovic (Future Cities Laboratory), Volker Helm, Silke Langenberg and Jan Willmann.

Featured entrepreneurs: Greyshed, Machineous, Odico Formwork Robotics, RoboFold and ROB Technologies.

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Table of Contents

5 EDITORIAL
Helen Castle

6 ABOUT THE GUEST-EDITORS
Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler

8 SPOTLIGHT
Visual highlights of the issue

14 INTRODUCTION

Authoring Robotic Processes
Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler and Jan Willmann

22 Integrating Robotic Fabrication in the Design Process
Michael Budig, Jason Lim and Raffael Petrovic

44 Mesh-Mould: Robotically Fabricated Spatial Meshes as Reinforced Concrete Formwork
Norman Hack and Willi Viktor Lauer

54 Robots and Architecture: Experiments, Fiction, Epistemology
Antoine Picon

60 Entrepreneurship in Architectural Robotics: The Simultaneity of Craft, Economics and Design
Jelle Feringa

66 Odico Formwork Robotics
Asbjørn Søndergaard

68 RoboFold and Robots.IO
Gregory Epps

70 Machineous
Andreas Froech

72 ROB Technologies
Tobias Bonwetsch and Ralph Bärtschi

74 GREYSHED
Ryan Luke Johns

76 Computation or Revolution
Philippe Morel

88 Changing Building Sites: Industrialisation and Automation of the Building Process
Thomas Bock and Silke Langenberg

100 In-Situ Fabrication: Mobile Robotic Units on Construction Sites
Volker Helm

108 Towards Robotic Swarm Printing
Neri Oxman, Jorge Duro-Royo, Steven Keating, Ben Peters, Elizabeth Tsai

116 Machines for Rent: Experiments by New-Territories
François Roche and Camille Lacadée

126 COUNTERPOINT

Crisis! What Crisis? Retooling for Mass Markets in the 21st Century
Tom Verebes

134 CONTRIBUTORS

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Press Release

May 01, 2014
Made by Robots:Challenging Architecture at a Larger Scale

In the next decade or so, the widespread adoption of robotics is set to transform the construction industry: building techniques will become increasingly automated both on- and off-site, dispensing with manual labour and enabling greater cost and operational efficiencies.

Made by Robots: Challenging Architecture at a Larger Scale discusses what unique opportunities robotics affords beyond operational effectiveness explicitly for the practice of architecture, as well as looking at what the potential is for the serial production of non-standard elements and for varied construction processes. 

This latest title in the Architectural Design (AD) series explores how, in order to scale up and advance the application of robotics for both prefabrication and on-site construction, there needs to be an understanding of the different capabilities - and these should be considered right from the start of the design and planning process.

Made by Robots showcases the findings of the Architecture and Digital Fabrication research module at the ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore, directed by Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler. This explores the possibilities of robotic construction processes for architecture and their large-scale application to the design and construction of high-rise buildings.

Together with other contributors, including Philippe Morel, Neri Oxman, François Roche and Antoine Picon, guest-editors Gramazio and Kohler also look at the far-reaching transformations starting to occur within automated fabrication: in terms of liberation of labour, entrepreneurship, the changing shape of building sites, in-situ fabrication and, most significantly, design.

Featuring entrepreneurs including GREYSHED, Machineous, Odico Formwork Robotics, RoboFold and ROB Technologies, this title will be of interest to architects and architectural students, as well as structural, building and civic engineers.

Made by Robots: Architecture at a Larger Scale is available in hardcover and e-book wherever books are sold.

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 Notes to editors:

  • Review copies and jacket images are available on request
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