Architecture & Robotic Fabrication: Design-Through-Collaboration
This talk will discuss the ever-growing role of architectural production technologies in the built environment, particularly robotic fabrication in architecture and design processes. The ongoing research of Emergent Technologies & Design (EmTech) Post-Graduate Programme at the Architectural Association (AA) London focuses on the evolution of traditional fabrication technologies through the employment of digital fabrication, with an emphasis on robotic production paradigms. The presented case studies are going to expand on the significance of collaboration with the industry. Through our collaborations with BuroHappold Engineering, one of the pioneering firms in engineering consultancy, and Fibrobeton, experts in Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) shotcrete technology, innovative computational and fabrication workflows have been developed, integrating free-form design, robotic fabrication, fabrication and assembly tolerances. The prototypes that have been realised through these collaborations serve as proof of concepts into how academia and practice can work together for sustainable design solutions.