Table of contents (40 papers)

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-7
  2. Introduction

    1. Introduction
      Sigrid Brell-Çokcan, Johannes Braumann
      Pages 8-11
  3. Keynotes

    1. Digital by Material
      Jan Willmann, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Silke Langenberg
      Pages 12-27
    2. Morphospaces of Robotic Fabrication
      Achim Menges
      Pages 28-47
  4. Workshops

    1. Robotically Fabricated Wood Plate Morphologies
      Tobias Schwinn, Oliver David Krieg, Achim Menges
      Pages 48-61
    2. Processes for an Architecture of Volume
      Wes McGee, Jelle Feringa, Asbjørn Søndergaard
      Pages 62-71
    3. Augmented Fabrications
      Brandon Kruysman, Jonathan Proto
      Pages 72-81
    4. Interlacing
      Kathrin Dörfler, Florian Rist, Romana Rust
      Pages 82-91
    5. HAL
      Thibault Schwartz
      Pages 92-101
    6. BrickDesign
      Tobias Bonwetsch, Ralph Bärtschi, Matthias Helmreich
      Pages 102-109
    7. Mill to Fit
      Andreas Trummer, Felix Amtsberg, Stefan Peters
      Pages 110-117
    8. Design Robotics
      Martin Bechthold, Nathan King
      Pages 118-130
  5. Projects

    1. Fabricating the Steel Bull of Spielberg
      Clemens Neugebauer, Martin Kölldorfer
      Pages 131-138
    2. Morphfaux
      Joshua Bard, Steven Mankouche, Matthew Schulte
      Pages 139-142
    3. Protocols, Pathways, and Production
      David Pigram, Iain Maxwell, Wes McGee, Ben Hagenhofer-Daniell, Lauren Vasey
      Pages 143-148
    4. From Digital Design to Automated Production
      Jens Cortsen, Silvan Oesterle, Dorthe Sølvason, Hanno Stehling
      Pages 149-154
    5. Robot Assisted Asymmetric Incremental Sheet Forming
      Jan Brüninghaus, Carsten Krewet, Bernd Kuhlenkötter
      Pages 155-160
    6. CNSILK
      Elizabeth Tsai, Michal Firstenberg, Jared Laucks, Yoav Sterman, Benjamin Lehnert, Neri Oxman
      Pages 161-166
    7. Rhino2krl
      Tom Pawlofsky
      Pages 167-172
    8. Robotic Fabrication for Düzce Teknopark
      Baris Çokcan
      Pages 173-174

About these proceedings


Architects, artists, and designers have been fascinated by robots for many decades, from Villemard’s utopian vision of an architect building a house with robotic labor in 1910, to the design of buildings that are robots themselves, such as Archigram’s Walking City. Today, they are again approaching the topic of robotic fabrication but this time employing a different strategy: instead of utopian proposals like Archigram’s or the highly specialized robots that were used by Japan’s construction industry in the 1990s, the current focus of architectural robotics is on industrial robots. These robotic arms have six degrees of freedom and are widely used in industry, especially for automotive production lines. What makes robotic arms so interesting for the creative industry is their multi-functionality: instead of having to develop specialized machines, a multifunctional robot arm can be equipped with a wide range of end-effectors, similar to a human hand using various tools. Therefore, architectural research into robotics is not so much directed at reinventing machines for architectural fabrication, but rather at reusing industrial robots as a well-established basis and adapting them for architectural purposes by developing custom software interfaces and end-effectors. By doing this, architects, artists and designers have advanced from being mere “users” of robots and have successfully emerged as recognized developers and trendsetters in robotic


This book publishes the proceedings of the fi rst international conference on robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design, Rob|Arch.                  


Industry-Robots Mass Customization digital Architecture individual robot-programming

Editors and affiliations

  • Sigrid Brell-Çokcan
    • 1
  • Johannes Braumann
    • 1
  1. 1.Association for Robots in ArchitectureUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag/Wien 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7091-1464-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7091-1465-0