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Jammed Architectural Structures
On-site Robotic Construction
Mesh Mould Metal
Robotic Lightweight Structures
Mesh Mould und In situ Fabricator
Complex Timber Structures
Spatial Timber Assemblies
Smart Dynamic Casting and Prefabrication
Robotic Cosmogony
Sisyphus
Gramazio Kohler at MuDA
Robotic Fabrication Laboratory
Spatial Wire Cutting
The Sequential Roof
Robotic Integral Attachment
Mobile Robotic Tiling
YOUR Software Environment
Aerial Construction
Rock Print
Smart Dynamic Casting
Topology Optimization
Iridescence Print
Robotic Foldings
Mesh Mould
Acoustic Bricks
TailorCrete
BrickDesign
Echord
Flight Assembled Architecture
The Endless Wall
Stratifications
FlexBrick
The Catenary Pavilion
Additive processes
Pike Loop
Room acoustics
Architonic Concept Space
Structural Oscillations
R-O-B
Superwood
Winery Gantenbein

Design and Robotic Fabrication of Jammed Architectural Structures, ETH Zurich, 2015-2019
ETH Zurich Research Grant project
The project investigates and develops methods and techniques for the design and robotic aggregation of low-grade building material into load-bearing architectural structures that are re-usable and re-configurable with high geometrical flexibility and minimal material waste. As such, it focuses on a principle called "jamming", which refers to aggregate granular materials, like gravel that is quite literally crammed together in such a way that it holds its form and shape like a solid. However, in contrast to prevailing research and applications of “jamming” that usually range from nano- to meso-scale, this project targets at the macro-scale and thus suitable to architectural construction, bringing together computational design and simulation with automated fabrication technology.

Key principles of this project were demonstrated in 2015 at the Chicago Architecture Biennial ( Rock Print ) and the Ars Electronica Festival 2017.

Credits:
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

In cooperation with: Prof. Hans J. Herrmann, Dr. Falk K. Wittel and Pavel Iliev (Institute for Building Materials, ETH Zurich)
Research programme: ETH Zurich Research Grant
Collaborators: Petrus Aejmelaeus-Lindström (project lead), Gergana Rusenova, Dr. Ammar Mirjan, Dr. Romana Rust, Marco Palma, Stephané de Weck, Jesús Medina Ibáñez, Michael Lyrenmann and Philippe Fleischmann


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