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symposium Robots that Build

The symposium Robots that Build examines robotic fabrication in architecture and how it also advances craft construction techniques.

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Vertigo - Eindhoven University of Technology De Groene Loper, building 6 5612 AZ Eindhoven Netherlands

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The two-day symposium Robots that Build: The Extension of Man examines robotic fabrication within the framework of craft, craft-anchored techniques and multi-material systems. Under the paradigm of process efficiency and optimisation, robotic fabrication is extensively employed to primarily diminish manual labour and minimise margins of error or waste. Yet, robotic use can be also viewed as a means to translate, adapt and advance craft-anchored manufacturing techniques.

Nearly 25 years after the publishing of McCullough’s Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand, the symposium is set out to test the current state and correlation between robotic fabrication and what is conventionally understood as craft.

The event brings together experts from leading research institutes and architecture schools in the fields of architecture, robotic fabrication, computational design and innovative material systems. Themes to be discussed are the robotic translation of craft-anchored techniques, the relationship between tool, material, designer, and control of robotic processes.

The talks explore the past, present and future of robots and robotic fabrication in architecture through the lens of multi-materiality, the design of process and hybridised practices. The relationship between low-tech and high-tech in construction and the intelligence of systems — analogue vs digital — are key aspects we interrogate.

Innovative practices, current and future challenges of robotic fabrication, experimental material use and circular strategies are addressed and examined.


Alex Dubor: IAAC Catalonia

Felix Amtsberg: University Stuttgart

Moritz Dörstelmann: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Fabio Gramazio: ETH Zurich

Niccolo Casas: Nicolo Casas Architecture

Roberto Naboni: Southern Denmark University

Remo Pedreschi: University of Edinburgh

Cristina Nan: TU Eindhoven

Martyn Dade-Robertson: Newcastle University

Lidia Ratoi: Hong Kong University

Oliver Tessmann: TU Darmstadt

Paul Nicholas & Martin Tamke: Royal Danish Academy

Manuel Jimenez: Bartlett School of Architecture

Mariana Popescu: TU Delft

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