Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2014

  • Wes McGee
  • Monica Ponce de Leon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Scientific Papers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brandon Clifford, Nazareth Ekmekjian, Patrick Little, Andrew Manto
      Pages 3-15
    3. Ryan Luke Johns, Nicholas Foley
      Pages 17-32
    4. Khaled Elashry, Ruairi Glynn
      Pages 51-66
    5. Jared Friedman, Ahmed Hosny, Amanda Lee
      Pages 83-98
    6. Steven Keating, Nathan A. Spielberg, John Klein, Neri Oxman
      Pages 99-110
    7. Michael Budig, Willi Viktor Lauer, Raffael Petrovic, Jason Lim
      Pages 111-129
    8. James B. Gardiner, Steven R. Janssen
      Pages 131-146
    9. James Warton, Rajeev Dwivedi, Radovan Kovacevic
      Pages 147-161
    10. Dagmar Reinhardt, Densil Cabrera, Marjo Niemelä, Gabriele Ulacco, Alexander Jung
      Pages 163-180
    11. Philip F. Yuan, Hao Meng, Pradeep Devadass
      Pages 181-195
  3. Projects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Thibault Schwartz, Lucia Mondardini
      Pages 199-209
    3. Gabriel Fries-Briggs
      Pages 211-221
    4. Emmanuel Vercruysse, Kate Davies, Tom Svilans, Inigo Dodd
      Pages 223-231
    5. Rachel Dickey, Jili Huang, Saurabh Mhatre
      Pages 233-247
    6. Renate Weissenböck
      Pages 249-260
    7. Jared Friedman, Heamin Kim, Olga Mesa
      Pages 261-272
  4. Workshops

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Marshall Prado, Moritz Dörstelmann, Tobias Schwinn, Achim Menges, Jan Knippers
      Pages 275-289
    3. Lauren Vasey, Iain Maxwell, Dave Pigram
      Pages 291-304
    4. Thibault Schwartz, Joshua Bard, Madeline Ganon, Zack Jacobson-Weaver, Michael Jeffers, Richard Tursky
      Pages 305-317
    5. Ryan Luke Johns, Axel Kilian, Nicholas Foley
      Pages 319-332
    6. Felix Raspall, Felix Amtsberg, Stefan Peters
      Pages 333-345
    7. Nathan King, Kadri Tamre, Georg Grasser, Allison Weiler
      Pages 347-356
    8. Ellie Abrons, Adam Fure, Alexandre Dubor, Gabriel Bello Diaz, Guillem Camprodon, Andrew Wolking
      Pages 357-369
  5. Industry Papers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 371-371
    2. Stuart Shepherd, Alois Buchstab
      Pages 373-380
    3. Martin Kohlmaier, Nicolas De Keijser, John Bubnikovich
      Pages 381-386
    4. Joe Gemma, Manfred Hubschmann
      Pages 387-391
    5. Christian Binder
      Pages 393-397
    6. Kendra Byrne, Jonathan Proto, Brandon Kruysman, Matthew Bitterman
      Pages 399-405
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 407-407

About this book


Robotic automation has become ubiquitous in the modern manufacturing landscape, spanning an overwhelming range of processes and applications-- from small scale force-controlled grinding operations for orthopedic joints to large scale composite manufacturing of aircraft fuselages. Smart factories, seamlessly linked via industrial networks and sensing, have revolutionized mass production, allowing for intelligent, adaptive manufacturing processes across a broad spectrum of industries. Against this background, an emerging group of researchers, designers, and fabricators have begun to apply robotic technology in the pursuit of architecture, art, and design, implementing them in a range of processes and scales. Coupled with computational design tools the technology is no longer relegated to the repetitive production of the assembly line, and is instead being employed for the mass-customization of non-standard components. This radical shift in protocol has been enabled by the development of new design to production workflows and the recognition of robotic manipulators as “multi-functional” fabrication platforms, capable of being reconfigured to suit the specific needs of a process.

The emerging discourse surrounding robotic fabrication seeks to question the existing norms of manufacturing and has far reaching implications for the future of how architects, artists, and designers engage with materialization processes. This book presents the proceedings of Rob|Arch2014, the second international conference on robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design. The work contained traverses a wide range of contemporary topics, from methodologies for incorporating dynamic material feedback into existing fabrication processes, to novel interfaces for robotic programming, to new processes for large-scale automated construction. The latent argument behind this research is that the term ‘file-to-factory’ must not be a reductive celebration of expediency but instead a perpetual challenge to increase the quality of feedback between design, matter, and making. 


Individualized Robotic Control Industrial Robots RobArch Robotic Fabrication

Editors and affiliations

  • Wes McGee
    • 1
  • Monica Ponce de Leon
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and UrbaAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and UrbaAnn ArborUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-04662-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-04663-1
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