Robotic Building Lab

In the Robotic Building (RB) Lab, research and education activities (incl. graduation projects) are implemented with the aim of developing Design-to-Robotic-Production and -Operation (D2RP&O) methods that advance robotization in architecture. Robotization is explored as resulting from human-computer and human-robot interactions where the manufacturing plant, the building site and the buildings themselves operate as cyber-physical systems within the larger Internet of Things and People.

Approach

Design to Robotic Production and Operation (D2RP&O) research and education activities are structured in additive, subtractive, and transformative workshops held in the lab. D2RP&O workshops are aimed at integrating different modes and methods of robotic production and operation into computational design processes in order to explore multi-performative systems in architecture. The workshops focus on developing D2RP&O methods for hybrid material systems, from micro to macro level as spatial, structural and architectural configurations.

When environments incorporate sensor-actuator mechanisms that enable buildings to interact with their users and surroundings in real-time, their conceptualisation and materialisation process requires D2RP&O chains that link design to production and operation of buildings. In this context, design becomes process- instead of object-oriented, use of space becomes time- instead of program- or function-based, which implies that architects design increasingly processes, while users operate multiple time-based architectural configurations emerging from the same physical space that may physically or sensorially reconfigure in accordance to environmental and user specific needs. 

D2RP&O relies on interactions between human and non-human or cyber-physical agents and systems not only at design and production level but also at building operation level, wherein users and environmental conditions contribute to the emergence of multiple architectural configurations.

Equipment

  • 6-axis KUKA robot with subtractive and additive end effectors (hot wire, drilling and milling heads, extruder, etc.)
  • powerful computers with various software
  • Kinect for motion sensing and various sensor-actuators.