Pop-Up Factory: Mixed Reality Installation for the MakeCity Festival 2018 in Berlin

  • Giovanni BettiEmail author
  • Saqib AzizEmail author
  • Gili Ron
Conference paper


This paper explores a novel integrated and collaborative approach to design and fabrication enabled by Mixed Reality. To this effect, an interactive workflow has been developed and demonstrated in the creation of a temporary installation.

In a bespoke fabrication process, the design is controlled and altered by users in holographic space through a custom holographic interface. The changes in the design are live streamed to the CAD-environment. Here a bespoke pipeline translates the aggregation information into robotic machine code. A robot, placed in the same room as the installation, enables on-site/on-demand fabrication. The holographic interface is aimed at promoting collaboration and the inclusion of non-professionals in the design, fabrication and assembly of an architectural installation. Through the use of augmented reality goggles (Microsoft HoloLens) the proposed design is layered in-situ and on the partially constructed structure. This enables the participants to gain better understanding of the impact of design variations by giving them the freedom to alter the design of the installation in real-time with interactive, in-context, preview of the design.


Holographic interface Holographic UI Human-machine interface Augmented reality Robotic fabrication Collaborative design Natural interfaces Collaborative fabrication Hotwire cutting Parametric design In-situ design On-demand fabrication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HENNBerlinGermany

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