Arash ADEL

 

Figure 1: Experiment I under construction, this image shows the collaborative robotic assembly of the corner grammar.

Towards a new mode of architectural production
A new integrated process for the digital design and robotic-based prefabrication of timber-frame architecture

Keywords: empirical research, integrative digital process, timber architecture

This presentation offers an insight towards a novel integrated process for the digital design and
robotic-based prefabrication of nonstandard timber frame modules. Robotic systems combined
with digital design tools provide the possibility for a direct transfer of three-dimensional design
information to the automated spatial assembly of timber elements. Therefore, accompanied by
the algorithmic design logic to generate, manipulate and handle a large number of timber
components to produce differentiated timber frame modules, robotic systems can facilitate the
production of nonstandard timber architecture in an integrated process. This presentation
characterizes: 1) Research parameters for a suitable constructive system and connection
methodology of the individual timber components into prefabricated volumetric parts. 2) A set
of constructive grammars for the sequencing and synchronization of collaborative robotic
spatial assembly of timber frame structure. 3) An integrative process from the early phase of
conceptual design to the final state of fabrication. 4) Validation of the developed integrated
process through simulation and two full-scale empirical experiments (figures 1-4). 5) And an
outlook to the architectural implications of such an approach. The architectural relevance of this
investigation builds upon the hypothesis that an integrative digital design and robotic spatial
assembly of timber frame modules leads to a paradigm shift; a bidirectional design ontology
that fosters novel tectonic repertoires, performative measures and expressive opportunities of
industrial timber prefabrication.

 

Figure 2: Experiment I, final assembly.

Figure 3: Experiment II under construction, this image shows the robotic assembly of the bridge grammar.

Figure 4: Experiment II, final assembly.

 

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