Cyber-Physical Robotic Process for Re-Configurable Wood Architecture: Closing the circular loop in wood architecture

Anja Kunic*, Aljaz Kramberger*, Roberto Naboni*

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Abstract

The concept of circularity implies that materials, components, systems can be re-utilized to reduce their environmental impact by extending their life-cycle. This paper discusses an approach to circular construction that revolves around transformable wood architecture. What if we can make buildings that can be assembled, disassembled, and re-assembled by robots in infinite circular loops of reconfigurations? To explore this concept, a robotic process is developed to automate the reconfiguration of timber structures, considering the material, geometric and processual challenges involved in the operations. This method entangles establishing a cyber-physical process based on visual and force feedback, the development of wood construction elements suitable for the process, the deployment of design algorithms for semi-autonomous online construction. The paper describes this setup and demonstrates its functionality through a set of experimental prototypes conceived and evaluated in a three-phase collaborative process of assembly-disassembly-reassembly.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationeCAADe 2021 - Towards a New, ConfigurableArchitecture
EditorsVesna Stojakovic, Bojan Tepavcevic
Volume2
PublisherEducation and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Publication date2021
Pages181-188
ISBN (Print)9789491207235
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event39th International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2021 - Novi Sad, Serbia
Duration: 8. Sept 202110. Sept 2021

Conference

Conference39th International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2021
Country/TerritorySerbia
CityNovi Sad
Period08/09/202110/09/2021
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Volume2
ISSN2684-1843

Keywords

  • Circular wood architecture
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Robotic timber construction
  • Robotic timber re-assembly

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