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The Digital in Architecture I FS22
Augmented Realities - Worldmaking 4
The Digital in Architecture II HS21
Augmented Realities - Worldmaking 3
Robotic 360° Light Painting
The Digital in Architecture I FS21
The Digital in Architecture II HS20
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations (Brunnen)
The Digital in Architecture I FS20
Seminarweek_FS20
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations (Rio)
The Digital in Architecture II HS19
Robotic Landscapes III
MAS DFAB: Up Sticks
Seminar Week AS19
The Digital in Architecture FS19
Seminar Week SS19
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
Seminar Week
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
Seminar Week
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



Rapid Clay Formations, Project for the UIA 2020 Pavilion, Rio de Janeiro, 2019-2020
Rapid Clay Formations (Rio)
Rapid Clay Formations originated from the second trimester of the MAS ETH DFAB. The project was developed for the World Congress of Architects UIA 2020 in Rio de Janeiro in form of an undulating wall of twenty meters made entirely from local clay and built by a mobile robot in the garden of Casa Firjan.
For the UIA 2020 clay wall at Casa Firjan in Rio de Janeiro, the aim was to demonstrate how the use of resourceful, energy-efficient and locally abundant materials such as clay can be combined with advanced digital building technologies for a construction method of temporary structures in which the material can be fully reused. A material mix based on locally sourced clay was developed and tested with the goal of minimising shrinkage whilst maintaining enough plasticity to ensure the boding of individual “soft bricks”. These “soft bricks” were developed to be placed by a transportable mobile robotic arm and platform, the In- situ Fabricator, enabling the accurate translation of a digital model into a real world construction.
The project is a precursor to the Clay Rotunda in Berne.

Credits:
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zürich

Client:Insight Architecture, for the UIA 2020, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Collaborators:Hannes Mayer (MAS programme director), David Jenny (Project leader),Coralie Ming, Nicolas Feihl, Selen Ercan Jenny
Students: 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)
Selected Contractors: Oxara, Insight Architecture
Industry Partner: Brauchli Ziegelei AG
Sponsor: Brauchli Ziegelei AG


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