July/August, 2018

The aim of this workshop is to provide a hands-on introduction to the versatile world of robotics by prototyping complex and large-scale timber structures with digital tools. Merging timber construction with cutting-edge robotic fabrication and 3D scanning technologies, this approach enables traditional making techniques to be re-invented as innovative processes for architecture.

In this sense conventional tools gain an augmented level of precision and control when wielded by the large robot, allowing users to perform operations with surgical precision. Through rigorous physical testing we will prototype design tactics which make use of the extraordinary accuracy and flexibility of multi-axis robotic machining.

Robotic Fabrications aims to foster a critical approach towards design-through-making where making is central to the act of design. The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, young professionals and anyone interested in the relationship between fabrication and technology.

Prominent features of the workshop/skills developed

  • A pro-active introduction to the exciting world of robotics: participants will become familiar with the robot arm through the teaching pendant
  • Exploring software and robot machining strategies that will allow and assist us with the generation of suitable geometry and toolpaths
  • Exploring the ancient traditions of Japanese joinery. This visiting school will focus on translating this dexterous craft full of poetry and skill into a movement pattern and choreography for the robot
  • Engaging with advanced 3D Scanning Technologies that will inform and steer our design parameters.
  • On-site fabrication and assembly of a prototype roof structure for the foundry building at Hooke Park
  • Participants will have the opportunity to live in the idyllic forest of Hooke Park and learn about the different species that make up the forest ecosystem which forms both our material library and site

Application deadline and programme dates to be confirmed.