CLS Architetti and Arup use a portable robot to 3D print a house in Milan

Engineering firm Arup and architecture studio CLS Architetti have used a portable robot to 3D print a concrete house, which is on show for Milan design week. Printed onsite on Milan’s Piazza Cesare Beccaria, the 100-square-metre house was formed over the course of a week. Made up of 35 modules, the house features curved walls, a living area, bedroom,

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Robots used to build wooden architectural structures

This captioned movie shows a new digital construction method that allows robots to build timber structures. 
Called Spatial Timber Assemblies, the project aims to merge robotics and craftsmanship. It was developed as a collaboration between research la…

Saudi Arabia to invest $500 billion in fully automated city spanning three countries

Robots may outnumber humans in a new pioneering city billed by Saudi Arabia as “a new blueprint for sustainable life”, which would be entirely powered by renewable energy, and served by driverless vehicles and vertical farms. The city called Neom is to span an area of 26,500 square kilometres, stretching across the borders of northwest Saudi Arabia into Jordan and

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ETH Zurich unveils plans for robot-built house in Dübendorf

Researchers from Switzerland’s ETH Zurich university will use robots and 3D printers to design and build a pioneering three-storey house at a local research and innovation campus. Eight professors from ETH Zurich are working with business partners to build the DFAB House, which the team claims will be “the first house in the world to be

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Drones and robots weave carbon-fibre pavilion based on moth webs

Researchers and students from the University of Stuttgart have used robots and drones to weave this carbon-fibre pavilion, which is based on the silk hammocks spun by moth larvae. The 12-metre-long cantilevering structure known as the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016/7 is made from over 180 kilometres of woven resin-impregnated glass -and carbon-fibre. It is latest in an annual pavilion

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Wall-climbing mini robots build “entirely new structures” from carbon fibre

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart have devised a new method of construction using mini robots that they claim is cheap, fast and can create structures that would otherwise be impossible to build (+ movie). Instead of using one or two large robots, the university’s Institute for Computational Design (ICD) has developed a carbon-fibre fabrication method that More

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Sewage-sampling robots could help eliminate diseases in cities, says MIT architect Carlo Ratti

Robots could soon be infiltrating urban sewage systems to identify potential outbreaks of disease before they happen, according to architect and MIT professor Carlo Ratti (+ interview). Ratti’s team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a prototype robot called Luigi, which is able to collect samples from city sewers, as part of a project More

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Robotically fabricated carbon-fibre pavilion opens at the V&A

A robotically woven carbon-fibre pavilion developed by a team from the University of Stuttgart has been erected in the courtyard of London’s V&A museum as part of a season of engineering events (+ slideshow). The Elytra Filament Pavilion comprises 40 unique hexagonal components that have been robotically fabricated from a combination of transparent glass fibre and black carbon More

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London’s AA School taps into robotic construction trend by launching specialist course

London’s Architectural Association has released a film showing its first major foray into robotic construction, and has revealed it will this year launch a new course focussed on digital fabrication (+ movie). Students from the AA School’s Design & Make programme used robotic fabrication for the first time earlier this year in the construction of Woodchip Barn. The success of this project led More

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10 projects paving the way to a future of robot-built architecture

Robots are the future of the construction industry, according to architects including Wolf D Prix and BIG’s Kai-Uwe Bergmann. We’ve rounded up a selection of projects that suggest what the robot-made buildings of the future might look like (+ slideshow). ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016 at the University of Stuttgart University of Stuttgart researchers led by architect More

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Carbon fibre and robots could create a “fourth industrial revolution” says expert

Carbon fibre is architecture’s biggest untapped resource according to architect and researcher Achim Menges, who claims that robots could be programmed to build stadium roofs using the fibrous building material. Menges – who heads up the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart – is developing a software program to make robotic construction more intuitive and has been experimenting with the system More

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Robotically fabricated pavilion by University of Stuttgart students is based on sea-urchin shells

Researchers and students from the University of Stuttgart employed robots to mould and stitch together this laminated plywood pavilion, which is based on the anatomy of a sea urchin (+ slideshow). Made up of stitched plywood elements, the arched structure is the latest in an annual pavilion series produced under the leadership of Achim Menges, who heads up the school’s Institute for Computational More

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Factory Fifteen’s latest movie features a futuristic car factory taken over robots

An artificial intelligence system takes control of a futuristic car manufacturing plant in this short movie by architectural film studio Factory Fifteen (+ movie). Factory Fifteen, a studio that specialises in imagining dystopian futures, depicts a time where AI is used in the management of numerous industrial systems and explores a scenario where the machines decide to take over. Named More

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AA Design & Make students use a robotic arm to build a woodland barn

Students from London’s Architectural Association have completed a robotically fabricated barn in a wood in Dorset, England, using timber harvested from the surrounding trees. Five students from the AA’s Design & Make course built Woodchip Barn as part of an annual programme at the school’s forest campus in Hooke Park. The barn will store the woodchip used to More

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Robot-built pavilion proposed by Achim Menges for V&A museum courtyard

Stuttgart architect Achim Menges has developed designs for a robot-fabricated pavilion based on the wings of flying beetles, which will be erected in the V&A museum courtyard in London. Menges is working with architect Moritz Dörstelmann, and engineers Jan Knippers and Thomas Auer on the Elytra Filament Pavilion, which is being constructed as part of the V&A’s More

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Producing the world’s first 3D-printed bridge with robots “is just the beginning”

Future Makers: the technology that startup MX3D is developing to 3D print a bridge in Amsterdam could be used to produce “endless” different structures, says Dutch designer Joris Laarman in this exclusive movie. MX3D is a new research and development company co-founded by Laarman and Tim Geurtjens, which plans to use robots to produce the More

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Europe’s biggest robotic car park opens below Scandinavia’s largest library

Lödige Industries’ automated car park has been installed beneath a library in Denmark, which was designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen (+ movie). The robotic system was developed by the German firm Lödige Industries and can stow 1,000 cars over three subterranean storeys. It acts like a valet, picking up cars from their drivers and transporting them to a designated parking space. […]

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Studio RAP completes “first robotically fabricated building in the Netherlands”

A team of architects and designers have used a huge robot to construct a 130-square-metre building inside a former industrial machine hall in Rotterdam (+ movie). The team, called Studio RAP, described the structure as the “first robotically fabricated building in the Netherlands”. Named SkilledIn Office, it is located at the city’s Innovation Dock – […]

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Robot uses stacked spiky particles to build groundbreaking ICD Aggregate Pavilion 2015

Researchers and students from the University of Stuttgart used 30,000 spiky components and a robot to create a pavilion described as the “first architectural structure realised with a designed granular system” (+ movie). The ICD Aggregate Pavilion 2015 was designed by researcher Karola Dierichs and professor Achim Menges from the university’s Institute for Computational Design. It forms part of a research […]

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Foster + Partners reveals concept for 3D-printed Mars habitat built by robots

Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for a NASA Mars settlement for four astronauts that could be 3D printed by a team of semi-autonomous robots (+ slideshow). Norman Foster’s firm envisions a 93-square-metre habitat constructed from regolith, the loose soil and rocks found on the surface of the Red Planet. The concept involves parachuting three different kinds […]

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Robots will be used to construct BIG and Heatherwick’s Google HQ

Google’s new California headquarters by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick is set to be built using robot-crane hybrids. Reports initially surfaced in February claiming that construction of the proposed Google North Bayshore campus in Mountain View will include the use of “crabots” – machines that reportedly combine robotic technologies with traditional cranes. This has now been substantiated by UK magazine the Architects’ Journal, which claims […]

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Drones can “collaborate to build architectural structures”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: architect and researcher Ammar Mirjan explains how drones could be programmed to construct buildings in the first of two movies about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in architecture. In 2012, Swiss architecture firm Gramazio Kohler Architects and roboticist Raffaello D’Andrea collaborated with ETH Zürich to program a fleet of drones […]
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