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Thu 1.10.

Rock Print Architectural Installation at the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015

Posted by Walter Phillips on 01.10.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Rock Print Architectural Installation

Rock Print Architectural Installation

Rock Print, an architectural installation by Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich in collaboration with the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, will be shown at this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial. The project is a unique installation made from “reversibly printed matter”.

 

 

 

Says ETH and MIT, the teams have proposed “the first architectural installation built from low-grade granular material and constructed by robotic machines. Conceived as an intriguing vertical object, the installation presents a radically new approach to The State of the Art of Architecture – the official title of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial – and brings forward a new category of random packed, potentially fully reusable, poly-dispersed jammed structures that can be automatically fabricated in non-standard shapes.”

 

Rock Print Architectural Installation

Rock Print Architectural Installation

“A specifically designed algorithm will guide a robotic arm in a three-dimensional ‘rock printing’ process. With the precision that only a robot can provide, it positioned a textile filament layer-bylayer around which loose granular material will form a distinctive shape. The self-aggregating capacity of this digitally crafted design configuration results in a large-scale architectural artefact that requires no additional support elements.”

 

Rock Print Architectural Installation

Rock Print Architectural Installation

“Going far beyond the manual assembly techniques of dry masonry, this endeavor presents a unique combination of state-of-the-art digital design and fabrication technology with building material science. It introduces a sustainable, economical, and structurally sound construction method that fundamentally challenges conventional architecture.”

 

Rock Print Architectural Installation

Rock Print Architectural Installation

“Following the robotic assembly, the installation will comprise a large-scale architectural artefact in its completed form, exhibiting distinct features, such as: full material reversibility and the respective reusability of the aggregated materials; structurally active interlocking, differentiated structural performance, while yielding high geometric flexibility and articulation. Visitors will be drawn to the impressive structural capacity of rocks in a formerly unseen and unexpected (digitally crafted) design configuration.”

 

to the Gramazio Kohler Research website

 

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