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Exploring the possibilities of 3D printing in architecture

by Maria Fleutman on Jun 23, 2017 in Architecture , Dose of Design
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Sino Group has collaborated with the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong to present the 'Sino Group Robotic Architecture Series' and an architectural structure made of robotically-manufactured bricks.

The architectural structure was constructed by university students under the tutelage of lecturers Donn Holohan, Holger Kehne and Christian J Lange. and is now exhibited at North Atrium of Olympian City 2 until July 4, 2017. Students of the university will also host tutorials to explain the process of robotic architecture to the public.

'Robotic architecture will have a profound impact on construction as well as costs and efficiency in the decades to come. Facilitated by building information modelling, robotic application will give architects more control in the building construction process. Some architects are moving ahead from using robotic systems as reconfigurable spaces or "smart furniture" to applying robotic fabrication to the design and construction of high-rise buildings. We hope that young architects can gain an exposure to this exciting technology and let their creativity shine through in architectural and building designs,' remarks Mr Christian J Lange, Project Lead of the Robotic Fabrication Lab and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong.

Set up in February 2016 and fully fitted in October 2016, the Robotic Fabrication Lab of the HKUrbanLab, the Faculty of Architecture's research arm is the first specialised research centre in Hong Kong, leveraging robotics to invent, inspire and innovate building design. The combination of robots and digital design tools enables architects to build novel, complex shapes and patterns that would otherwise be difficult to achieve.

The Robotic Fabrication Lab workshop culminates in a structure that illuminates the role of architecture within public space and the growing global trend of robotic architecture. The inaugural workshop explores clay, a soil material that is found almost everywhere around the globe, and has a significant tradition in Asia. It studies revitalising ceramic material systems for architectural purposes today and how to generate new technologies, material systems and craftsmanship with the aid of the robot.

 

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