Publication
12.02.2014 The Robotic Touch – How Robots Change Architecture
Park Books.
„The Robotic Touch – How Robots Change Architecture“ introduces a radically new way of thinking about and materialising architecture. It is the first anthology on architectural design with robots and provides a selection of projects that have originated over almost a decade of research at ETH Zurich. Within that scope, the book not only outlines a digital building culture to come, it deliberately proposes that this culture be shaped by architects.

 

Publication
01.05.2014 AD Made by Robots. Challenging Architecture at a Larger Scale.

Special Issue of AD, guest-edited by Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler. Contributors: Thomas Bock, Jelle Feringa, Philippe Morel, Neri Oxman, Antoine Picon and François Roche. ETH Zurich contributors: Michael Budig, Norman Hack, Willi Lauer, Jason Lim and Raffael Petrovic (Future Cities Laboratory), Volker Helm, Silke Langenberg and Jan Willmann. Featured entrepreneurs: Greyshed, Machineous, Odico Formwork Robotics, RoboFold and ROB Technologies.

 

Sec Future Cities Laboratory;Diverses
18.07.2014 SMART Innovation Grant

Our research project "Mobile Robotic Tiling" has received an Innovation Grant by the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)! The research is conducted at the SEC Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) and focuses on the development of a fully automated robotic tiling process.

 

Teaching
18.09.2014 Extruded Structures - Architecture and Digital Fabrication intro lecture HS14
ETH Zürich, HIL F 40.9, 14h. Lecturer: Prof. Fabio Gramazio, Prof. Matthias Kohler, Norman Hack, Luka Piskorec.
During this semester, the students will explore the architectural potentials of robotic extrusion of spatial meshes. Traditionally, spatial architectural structures – such as, for example, space trusses – consist of discrete elements and custom connections, and are sequentially assembled. In Extruded Structures, however, we will foster the continuous extrusion of filaments in space to fabricate complex meshes with structural properties. As such, students will learn how to generate and articulate their spatially complex designs through scripting by using simple design and fabrication rules. Physical prototypes will be produced using lightweight robotic arms with custom built ABS filament extruders. There are no special programming skills required, but a proactive attitude towards digital-material experimentation and design curiosity. This elective is offered as a double course and the ECTS points are counted accordingly.

 

Research
22.09.2014 NCCR Digital Fabrication General Assembly
ETH Zürich.
Fostering cutting-edge interdisciplinary research into innovative building processes in architecture and channelling results into industry and society, the new National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication - initiated by the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication - comes into being and will celebrate its general assembly on September 22, 2014.

 

Lecture
15.10.2014 The Robotic Touch – How Robots Change Architecture
Lecture Series. Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU). Marietta, Atlanta, USA. Lecturer: Matthias Kohler.

 

Lecture
17.10.2014 The Robotic Touch - How Robots Change Architecture
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The University of Michigan, USA. Lecturer: Matthias Kohler.