Robotic Technologies for Non-Standard Design and Construction in Architecture
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In November 2015, the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Porto and the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science concluded a 2-year research project on the use of robotic fabrication technologies in architecture and building construction. Funded by the national Foundation of Science and Technology, this was a unique and vibrant experience on a new research field for the two institutions. This paper provides a brief description of the research project and its results.
KeywordsRobotic technology Construction techniques Digital fabrication laboratories
This research project was funded by FEDER funds through the Operational Competitiveness Programme—COMPETE, and by national funds through the FCT—Foundation for the Science and Technology (Ref: PTDC/ATP-AQI/5124/2012), and was supported by industrial companies Amorim Isolamentos, Mota Engil, Valchromat and Cerâmica Vale da Gandara. I thank Profs. Dr. A. Paulo Moreira and Germano Veiga and their team at INESC TEC for their partnership in the research project, with a special emphasis on their leadership in the SPIDERobot work. I would also like to express my gratitude to the researchers Pedro Martins, Pedro Varela, Cristina Gasso-Palop and the rest of the team at DFL/CEAU/FAUP for their invaluable collaboration throughout the different tasks, and to Profs. Dr. Carlos Guimarães and João Pedro Xavier, Dean and Vice-Dean of FAUP, for their support for the emergence of this field of research in the school.
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