Arash Adel – System Engagement

This course investigates a conceptual framework for the digital practice of architecture positioning digital manufacturing as an integral part of the design process. In particular, this course places assembly as the main generative driver for design thinking to bridge the gap between the act of design and the act of making. This conceptual framework requires breaking down a building component into its smallest constituents and developing automated assembly procedures to construct it. This process poses a critical challenge to conventional means and methods of architecture design due to the amount of information to be created, processed, and digitally transferred for its implementation. Therefore, this process requires developing a well-rounded understanding of algorithmic methods, representation schemes, and digital workflows beyond the built-in functionalities of commercial Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software programs.

Student Work

Han-Yuan Chang, Ryan Craney, Jessica Lin, Christopher Voltl – “Robotically Assembled Timber Frame Wall”

This research investigates robotic fabrication in the construction of timber frame structure. The project builds off of an existing framing methodology, the Larsen System, and previous investigations into robotic fabrication. Computational logic and robotic assembly were then used to enhance the system. This was done through the integration of a responsive, cedar-shingle façade and a modular assembly process. The resulting prototype exhibits the potential of this new form of construction. The Digital & Material Technologies cohort is currently advancing this research in their Winter 2020 capstone course.

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