Towards a Robotic Architecture
Mahesh Daas and Andrew John Wit
The field of robotics is coming of age. Robotics and artificial intelligence represent the next cutting edge technology to transform the fields of architecture and design. The past decade's surge towards more computationally defined building systems and highly adaptable open-source design software has left the field ripe for the integration of robotics, whether through large-scale building fabrication or through more intelligent/adaptive building systems. Through this surge, architecture has not only been greatly influenced by these emerging technologies, but has also begun influencing other disciplines in unexpected ways. The purpose of this book is to provide systems of classification, categorization and taxonomies of robotics in architecture so that a more systematic and holistic body of work could take place while addressing the multifarious aspects of possible research and production. As the research in this area is in its infancy, the book will play the role of bringing together scholars, designers and industry members defining their positions along the four frameworks for architectural robotics. The book aspires to be the first scholarly treatment of a broad range of robotics research in architecture and design fields. It will address how architectural robotics can open up unique and innovative possibilities both within architecture and related disciplines.
With contributions from Mahesh Daas, Andrew John Wit, Achim Menges, Jan Knippers, Paul Nicholas, Sina Mostafavi, Ana Anton, Roland Snooks, Martin Bechthold, Gilles Retsin, Manuel Jimenez Garcia, Vicente Soler, Hannes Mayer, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Johannes Braumann, Sven Stumm, Sigrid Brell-Cokcan, José Pedro Sousa, Nohelia González, Eduardo Moreira, Andry Maykol Pinto, José Lima, Paulo Costa, Pedro Costa, Germano Veiga, A. Paulo Moreira, Wes McGee, Kathy Velikov, Geoffrey Thün, Daniel Tish, Behnaz Farahi, Joshua Van Zak, Jorge Duro-Royo, Yen-Ju Tai, Andrea Ling, Christoph Bader, Neri Oxman, Martina Decker, Skylar Tibbits, Michael Silver, Philip Beesley, Kendra Byrne, and Petr Novikov.