PAST EDUCATION

DESIGN TO ROBOTIC PRODUCTION AND OPERATION

MSc 2 focuses on the integration of advanced computational design tools and techniques with cutting edge design thinking in order to produce performance driven architectural formations. MSc 2 motto is 1:1, which means that the design is directly linked to building production and operation. The focus is on physically built robotic environments and robotically supported building processes.

MSc 2 studio inspires students to rethink conventional design processes in order to creatively challenge the interplay between contemporary culture and technology, and their relation to architecture. The studio operates at the scale of architectural inserts situated within urban context. The shared studio framework challenges the students to develop an architectural process that can keep up with the actual needs and desires of people in a rapidly changing world. Design-to-Robotic-Production (D2RP) focuses on linking design to materialisation by integrating all functionalities (from structural strength, to thermal insulation and climate control) in the design of building components. This is implemented by employing novel multi-performative D2RP strategies. New materials are developed for the robotic production of multi-material building components and novel robotic production and assembly tools are deployed for testing the blueprint of future robotic building. D2RP establishes the framework allowing successful implementation of robotic production at building scale. The main consideration is that in architecture and building construction the factory of the future employs building materials and components that can be robotically processed and assembled. D2RP processes incorporate material properties in design, control all aspects of the processes numerically, and utilise parametric design principles that can be linked to the robotic production. Virtual modelling and simulation interface the production and real-time operation of physically built space establishing thereby an unprecedented design to production and operation feedback loop.


Fig. 1: Aggregation of drones for building temporary pavilions

 

INTERACTIVE PROTOYPING

D2RP&O is organised in collaboration with Dessau Institute D2RP focuses on linking design to materialisation by integrating all functionalities (from structural strength, to thermal insulation and climate control) in the design of building components. This is implemented by employing novel multi-performative D2RP strategies. New materials are developed for the robotic production of multi-material building components and novel robotic production and assembly tools are deployed for testing the blueprint of future robotic building. D2RP&O establishes the framework allowing successful implementation of robotic production and operation at building scale. The main consideration is that in architecture and building construction the factory of the future employs building materials and components that can be robotically processed and assembled. D2RP&O processes incorporate material properties in design, control all aspects of the processes numerically, and utilise parametric design principles that can be linked to the robotic production. Virtual modelling and simulation interface the production and real-time operation of physically built space establishing thereby an unprecedented design to production and operation feedback loop.

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DESIGN TO ROBOTIC OPERATION

Principles and strategies of Design-to-Robotic-Operation (D2RO), which is presented and promoted as part of an alternative design and development paradigm (i.e., D2RP&O) of intelligent built environments that considers the technical as well as the architectural in conjunction from the early stages of the design and development processes. In this manner, the built-environment is construed as a highly sophisticated and integrated Cyber-Physical System (CPS) consisting of mutually informing computational and physical mechanisms that operate cooperatively and continuously via a highly heterogeneous, partially meshed, and self-healing Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network (WSAN).


Fig. 2: Computational design links to robotic production and operation