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robot houseAccelerating SCI-Arc's pace, already at the leading edge of digital design and rapid prototyping, the new SCI-Arc Robot House, initiated and designed by faculty members Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser, builds upon the school's strengths to create a next generation platform for experimentation and speculation on the future of architecture.
Situated conceptually and physically between studio and shop, academy and industry, the double-height 1,000-square-foot Robot House is a research space for hands-on collaborative experimentation, advanced multi-robotic platform, and exploration and architectural agency. Exploring opportunities outside of traditional digital production, our six state-of-the-art Staübli robotic systems offer a new design environment which focuses on Institute-approved research and coursework.
Robot House is comprised of two main spaces. The Robot Room is where the five large Staubli robots are configured in a multi-robot work cell. Their layout empowers investigation with the widest range of interaction and process sequences possible in a simulation and programming environment. The adjacent robotics & Simulation Lab houses the Staubli TX40 laboratory robot and is where students, along with their instructors, conduct hands-on research.
Projects will explore additive free-form fabrication tied to advanced composite materials. The robots themselves support a reconfigurable 3D workspace with a wide range of applications including on-site construction.
The SCI-Arc Robot House offers a new design interface extending beyond a production facility. It creates unprecedented emulation, simulation and animation environments in which computational geometry, material agency and fabrication logistics merge. The introduction of video, vision and sensing technologies with the lab's robotic systems will support feedback and exchanges between matter, data and form.
SCI-ARC ROBOT HOUSE FELLOWSHIP
In fall 2011, SCI-Arc appointed recent SCI-Arc graduates Brandon Kruysman and Jonathan Proto as the first SCI-Arc Research Fellows to focus exclusively on teaching and research in the SCI-Arc Robot House. Kruysman-Proto’s research investigates techniques of networked manufacturing in architectural design. Using the unique configuration of the SCI-Arc Robot House, their research explores synchronous robotics and the complex coordination between movement, end arm tooling, and material agency in space. The SCI-Arc Robot House and EST(m) post-graduate program are underwritten in part though the generous support of Stäubli Robotics, The Fletcher Jones Foundation, and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.