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Modeling: reducing, testing, experiencing architecture
Immersives Studio - FS23
Immersive explorations of architectural acoustics II
Computational Design III-IV HS22/FS23
The Digital in Architecture II HS22
Immersives Studio - HIL-Z HS22
Modeling: reducing, testing, experiencing architecture
Immersive explorations of architectural acoustics
MAS DFAB: Eggshell Pavilion
The Digital in Architecture I FS22
Augmented Realities - Worldmaking 4
The Digital in Architecture II HS21
Augmented Realities - Worldmaking 3
Robotic 360° Light Painting
Das Digitale in der Architektur I FS21
Das Digitale in der Architektur II HS20
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations (Brunnen)
Das Digitale in der Architektur I FS20
Seminar Week FS20
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations (Rio)
Das Digitale in der Architektur II HS19
Robotic Landscapes III
MAS DFAB: Up Sticks
Seminarwoche HS19
Das Digitale in der Architektur FS19
Seminarwoche FS19
Das Digitale in der Architektur II HS18
Robotic Landscapes II
Rapid Clay Formations
Zero-Waste Geometry
Seminarwoche HS18
ROB|ARCH 2018 Workshop
MAS DFAB: Gradual Assemblies
Das Digitale in der Architektur FS18
Robotic Landscapes I
Malleable Voxels
MAS DFAB: minijammed
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
Die fragile Struktur 2
Die fragile Struktur 1
Prozedurale Landschaften 2
Prozedurale Landschaften 1
Seminar Week FS11
Die Verzahnung 2
Die Verzahnung 1
Das sequentielle Tragwerk 2
Das sequentielle Tragwerk 1
Explicit Bricks
Die programmierte Säule 2
Die programmierte Säule 1
Freilicht Theater
Voxels 2
Voxels 1
Die Wandöffnung 2
Die Wandöffnung 1
Die sequenzielle Wand 2
Die sequenzielle Wand 1
Der Schaum
Die fraktale Wand
Die aufgelöste Wand
Seminar Week
Die perforierte Wand 2
Die perforierte Wand 1
Die programmierte Wand
Das schiefe Loch

Rapid Clay Formations, ETH Zürich, 2018
Rapid Clay Formations is a four-week design and build assignment investigating a novel fabrication process for malleable materials. Starting with the Remote Material Deposition installation in 2014, the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication has investigated the idea of robotically positioning material in space from a distance and thereby creating differentiated architectural aggregations that are a direct expression of a dynamic and adaptive fabrication process. Continuing this concept, more recent projects developed within the MAS programme shifted the focus to the study of robotic fabrication processes for malleable materials, where the precise control of forces and positions applied to the material to design and build highly differentiated structures.

Rapid Clay Formations invites the students to participate in a collaborative research where different groups investigate different aspects and potentials of the fabrication process. The setup consists of a small-scale six-axis robotic arm manipulating an end-effector that allows to prepare projectiles of different sizes, position them, and press them into their respective shapes by linear pneumatic actuation. Through iterations of empiric testing, design simulation, and physical prototyping different typologies of the technique were explored. Topics included the differentiation of force applied to the projectiles leading to different bonding behavior and thickness of the structure, the differentiation of projectile sizes (diameter and height) and their respective interlocking behavior, the discretisation of surfaces into single- and multi-layer high-resolution aggregations, and the possibility for different projectile topologies such as for example a torus shaped projectile. Besides showing the design potential of the different approaches, the goal was to increase the interlocking behavior of the projectiles that leads to better structural performance, to improve the robustness and speed of the fabrication process and to develop methods to relate the physical outcome to the computational design and simulation framework.

Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zürich

Mitarbeiter: David Jenny (Projektleitung), Inés Ariza, Zhao Ma
Studenten: 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

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Gramazio Kohler Research
Professur für Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation
ETH Zürich HIB E 43
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