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The Digital in Architecture I FS20
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The Digital in Architecture II HS19
Robotic Landscapes III
MAS DFAB: Up Sticks
Seminar Week AS19
The Digital in Architecture FS19
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The Digital in Architecture II HS18
Robotic Landscapes II
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations
Zero-Waste Geometry
Seminar Week AS18
ROB|ARCH 2018 Workshop
MAS DFAB: Gradual Assemblies
The Digital in Architecture FS18
Robotic Landscapes I
Malleable Voxels
MAS DFAB: minijammed
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MAS DFAB: Brick Labyrinth
MAS DFAB: Robotic Pavilion
Force-Adaptive Wire Cutting
Spatial Extrusions 2
Spatial Extrusions
Graded Structures 2
Graded Structures
Robotic Wire Cutting Summerschool
Spatial Wire Cutting
Extruded Structures
Remote Material Deposition Installation
Remote Material Deposition
Depth Modulations 2
Design of Robotic Fabricated High Rises 2
Depth Modulations
Complex Timber Structures 2
Complex Timber Structures 1
Robotic Metal Aggregations
Shifted Frames 2
Design of Robotic Fabricated High Rises 1
Shifted Frames 1
Spatial Aggregations 2
Spatial Aggregations 1
Robotic Clay Molding
The Fragile Structure 2
The Fragile Structure 1
Procedural Landscapes 2
Procedural Landscapes 1
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The Interlocking 2
The Interlocking 1
The Sequential Structure 2
The Sequential Structure 1
Explicit Bricks
The Programmed Column 2
The Programmed Column 1
Open Air Theater
Voxels 2
Voxels 1
The Opening 2
The Opening 1
The Sequential Wall 2
The Sequential Wall 1
Acoustics
The Foam
The Resolution Wall
Construction Hoarding
The Dissolved Wall
Domoterra Lounge
The Perforated Wall 2
The Perforated Wall 1
The Programmed Wall
The Oblique Hole


Up Sticks, Dundee, 2019
‘Up-Sticks’ is an informal turn of phrase dating back to at least the 19th Century to express leaving your home in haste. It is thought to originate from the rough cut, unseasoned timber frame architecture of the Scottish croft designed for temporary occupation. These sticks from which the croft was partly fabricated were of great value and were taken and reused when the household moved on.

V&A Dundee commissioned Gramazio Kohler Research, the Chair for Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich, and their students from the Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture and Digital Fabrication MAS DFAB programme to revisit traditional Scottish construction methods and to combine it with their expertise in computational design and robotic fabrication. The result is Up-Sticks, an expressive timber structure that twists and curves using only spruce wood planks and beech wood dowels. No glue or nails were used to hold the planks in space; it is the hygroscopic behaviour of the dowels, which shrink and swell according to their moisture content, and their computationally defined position that lock all planks into position. Up-Sticks was assembled from large elements all prefabricated in the Robotic Fabrication Laboratory at ETH Zurich, the largest of its kind in the world. This facility allowed for a collaborative robotic fabrication process where one robotic arm prepared the planks by drilling oriented holes for all dowels at bespoke angles, while the second robot picked, placed and supported the planks during the manual insertion of the dried dowels. With limited resources of our planet, Up-Sticks presents a strategy of how contemporary knowledge in computation and digital fabrication technology can be combined with traditional knowledge about construction methods in order to innovate the construction sector.

Credits:
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zürich

Collaborators: Hannes Mayer (MAS programme director), David Jenny (project lead), Jesús Medina
Students: Antonio Barney, Aya Shaker Ali, Chaoyu Du, Eleni Skevaki, Jonas Van den Bulcke, Keerthana Udaykumar, Nicolas Feihl, Nik Eftekhar Olivo, Noor Khader, Rahul Girish, Sofia Michopoulou, Ying-Shiuan Chen, Yoana Taseva, Yuta Akizuki, Wenqian Yang
Support: Mike Lyrenmann and Philippe Fleischmann (Robotic Fabrication Laboratory)

Up Sticks was commisssioned by V&A Dundee and realised in partnership with Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

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Gramazio Kohler Research
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