Rob | Arch 2012

Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art, and Design

  • Sigrid Brell-Çokcan
  • Johannes Braumann
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-7
  2. Introduction

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

    1. Jan Willmann, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Silke Langenberg
      Pages 12-27
    2. Achim Menges
      Pages 28-47
  4. Workshops

    1. Tobias Schwinn, Oliver David Krieg, Achim Menges
      Pages 48-61
    2. Wes McGee, Jelle Feringa, Asbjørn Søndergaard
      Pages 62-71
    3. Brandon Kruysman, Jonathan Proto
      Pages 72-81
    4. Kathrin Dörfler, Florian Rist, Romana Rust
      Pages 82-91
    5. HAL
      Thibault Schwartz
      Pages 92-101
    6. Tobias Bonwetsch, Ralph Bärtschi, Matthias Helmreich
      Pages 102-109
    7. Andreas Trummer, Felix Amtsberg, Stefan Peters
      Pages 110-117
    8. Martin Bechthold, Nathan King
      Pages 118-130
  5. Projects

    1. Clemens Neugebauer, Martin Kölldorfer
      Pages 131-138
    2. Joshua Bard, Steven Mankouche, Matthew Schulte
      Pages 139-142
    3. David Pigram, Iain Maxwell, Wes McGee, Ben Hagenhofer-Daniell, Lauren Vasey
      Pages 143-148
    4. Jens Cortsen, Silvan Oesterle, Dorthe Sølvason, Hanno Stehling
      Pages 149-154
    5. Jan Brüninghaus, Carsten Krewet, Bernd Kuhlenkötter
      Pages 155-160
    6. Elizabeth Tsai, Michal Firstenberg, Jared Laucks, Yoav Sterman, Benjamin Lehnert, Neri Oxman
      Pages 161-166
    7. Tom Pawlofsky
      Pages 167-172
    8. Baris Çokcan
      Pages 173-174
    9. Yaron Elyasi
      Pages 175-180
    10. Federico Diaz
      Pages 181-183
  6. Research

    1. Lukáš Kurilla, Ladislav Svoboda
      Pages 184-195
    2. Karola Dierichs, Tobias Schwinn, Achim Menges
      Pages 196-205
    3. Alexandre Dubor, Gabriel-Bello Diaz
      Pages 206-213
    4. Nathan King, Jonathan Grinham
      Pages 214-221
    5. Ryan Luke Johns, Nicholas Foley
      Pages 222-229
    6. Mathew Schwartz, Jason Prasad
      Pages 230-237
    7. Richard Dank, Christian Freissling
      Pages 238-247
    8. Steven Keating, Neri Oxman
      Pages 256-266
  7. Industry

    1. Alois Buchstab
      Pages 267-274
    2. Valentine Troi
      Pages 275-278
    3. David Kittl, Martin Kohlmaier
      Pages 279-282
    4. Andreas Hofer
      Pages 283-286
    5. Manfred Hübschmann, David Arceneaux
      Pages 287-292
    6. Christian Binder
      Pages 293-296
    7. Eric Dokulil
      Pages 301-304
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 316-320

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.                  


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Editors and affiliations

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

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