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.


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Publication date: 
March 15, 2018
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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.

About the author: 

Dr. Mahesh Daas serves as the dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas. In 2011, he was named the ACSA Distinguished Professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) has elected him twice as its president. He's also been elected thrice to serve on the editorial board of the International Journal of Architectural Computing (Sage Publications). Daas was recognized for his longstanding contributions to design comuting with the 2013 ACADIA Society Award of Excellence. Daas is the author of the critically acclaimed book Leading with Aesthetics: The Transformational Leadership of President Charles M. Vest at M.I.T. (Lexington Books, 2015). Daas earned a bachelor's degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India; a master's degree from Kansas State University; and a doctorate from the Univsity of Pennsylvania.

Andrew John Wit is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary research group WITO, Laboratory for Intelligent Environments, and assistant professor of Digital Practice within Temple University and a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). Wit's projects and avant-garde research have been recognized with a 2007 AIA Best of Practice recognition for UTenSAils design-build project, a 2007 IFAI Outstanding Achievement Award for the Advanced Fabrics Exhibition structure, the 2013 Guangzhou Vanke Project of the Year for the Guangzhou Vanke Marketing Center completed with TDStudio. Wit has also received numerous research/production grants and sponsorships. Wit has practiced in renowned offices such as Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo, Poteet Architects in San Antonio, TDStudio in Tokyo, and with the Pritzker prize winning architect Toyo Ito also in Tokyo. Wit earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio and master's degree in architecture from MIT.