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The Digital in Architecture II HS21
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
Seminarweek_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
Seminarwoche
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
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
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Voxels 1
Die Wandöffnung 2
Die Wandöffnung 1
Die sequenzielle Wand 2
Die sequenzielle Wand 1
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Die perforierte Wand 2
Die perforierte Wand 1
Die programmierte Wand
Das schiefe Loch


Rapid Clay Formations, Full-scale Mock-up for the SE MusicLab project, Brunnen, 2020
The Rapid Clay Formations project implements an in-situ robotic fabrication process for building with expressive soft clay bonds by robotically compressing clay cylinders at a large scale. The project makes use of accurate robotic positioning, spatial orientation, and controlled pressing of clay cylinders to form interlocking aggregations. It uses computational design and fabrication strategies to arrive at a sustainable construction technique as an alternative to labor-intensive rammed earth structures.

Preliminary material and robotic assembly research were conducted for a pavilion at the World Congress of Architects UIA 2020 during a 10-week design research workshop where students of the MAS ETH DFAB, together with researchers of Gramazio Kohler Research, were able to develop an apposite earthen material mix for the cylinders and a series of fabrication- and material-aware computational design strategies. The team implemented robotic processes that allowed building at full-scale and set up the tooling for controlling the robotic end-effector for picking, placing, and pressing the clay cylinders onto the main wall structure.

The development was continued by our team together with our industry partners Lehmag AG and Seforb Sarl, aiming for its application in a real-world construction project. In September 2020, the results of this study were carried out at Lehmag AG in Brunnen, Switzerland, where the team realized a full-scale mock-up of an undulating clay wall of 5m height for the SE MusicLab in Bern. The prototype consists of more than 8000 cylinders, divided into 25 fabrication segments each with its respective robot position, and has been built over a period of 3 weeks.

Credits:
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zürich

In Zusammenarbeit mit: Lehmag AG
Auftraggeber: SE MUSICLAB - Jürgen Strauss, Jost Kutter, Manuel Frick, Lorenzo Zanetta, Filippo Melena, Anna Imfeld-Aebischer, Markus Imfeld
Mitarbeiter: David Jenny (Projektleitung), Coralie Ming, Nicolas Feihl, Selen Ercan Jenny, Hannes Mayer
Students Trimester 2 Building Workshop: Edurne Morales Zuniga, Anton T Johansson, Jomana Baddad, Indra Santosa, Eliott Sounigo, Tsai Ping-Hsun
Students Trimester 2 Project: Maria Pia Assaf, Jomana Baddad, Frederic Brisson, Yu-Hung Chiu, Rémy Clemente, Ioulios Georgiou, Mahiro Goto, Anton T Johansson, Laszlo Mangliar, Dinorah Martinez Schulte, Edurne Morales Zuniga, Fatemeh Salehi Amiri, Emmanuelle Sallin, Indra Santosa, Eliott Sounigo, Chanon Techathuvanun, Ping-Hsun Tsai
Support: Mike Lyrenmann and Philippe Fleischmann (Robotic Fabrication Laboratory, ETH Zurich), Andi Reusser (Institute for Building Materials, ETH Zurich), Lydia Zehnder (Institute for Geochemistry and Petrology, ETH Zurich)
Studenten:
Ausgewählte Unternehmer: Seforb Sarl


Industrie Partner: Brauchli Ziegelei AG

Sponsoren: Brauchli Ziegelei AG, Welti Furrer AG

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Gramazio Kohler Research
Professur für Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation
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