Architect and director
Constructing (and deconstructing) buildings with cable robots
The future of construction will be in robotic technologies. This revolution in the way we make buildings will impact not only how we design but how we think. We would like to anticipate this inevitable shift and lead it towards a positive robotic age. An age in which Robotic technology is simple, affordable, environmental and connected to our ancestral knowledge of materials. An age in which the architects, engineers and contractors will need to work more closely together, no longer in silos, and bring back the golden age of cathedrals and master-builders, in which the relationship between design, technology and construction was not segregated. Current construction robotics are based on decade old robotic arm used for the car industry, they scale with difficulties, are expensive, and rely on material deposition. Following up on the open-source collaborative movement, which gave rise to disruptive innovations such as the RepRap 3d printer, we are developing a new kind of cable construction robot, The Polibot, working at an unprecedented large scale, merging the stadium spidercams with the delta pick and place open-source technology. Arthur Mamou-Mani will introduce the Polibot, a robot capable of constructing and deconstructing buildings, demonstrating the cyclical nature of the building process and how demolition can be anticipated in the spirit of our new circular economy.
Arthur Mamou-Mani AA dipl, ARB/RIBA FRSA Wikipedia – is a French architect and director of the award-winning practice Mamou-Mani Architects, specialised in a new kind of digitally designed and fabricated architecture. He is a lecturer at the University of Westminster and UCL-Bartlett in London and owns a digital fabrication laboratory called the FabPub which allows people to experiment with large 3D Printers and Laser Cutters. Since 2016, he is a fellow of the The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He has won the Gold Prize at the American Architecture Prize for the Wooden Wave project installed at BuroHappold Engineering and the Architizer award for Tangential Dreams at the Burning Man festival. Arthur gave numerous talks including the TedX conference in the USA and has been featured in The New-York Times and Forbes. Prior to founding Mamou-Mani in 2011, he worked with Atelier Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid Architects and Proctor and Matthews Architects.