Research directed by Alisa Andrasek with Daghan Cam and Maj Plemenitas//
Keywords: simulation / computational physics / multi-agent systems / robotics / material science //
SYNTHETIC CONSTRUCTABILITY research is exploring the potential of robotic construction coupled with the computational physics and simulation to innovate in the domain of construction and novel performance capacities and material expressions _ exploring potential of increased resolution Fabric of Architecture.
4 examples of this research topic are featured...
Crystal Clouds are inspired by the intricacy of light filtering through the complex formations of clouds and crystals. Extremely high resolution of build fabric is envisioned for such intricate transmission of light and its effects (refractions/reflections etc), achieved through robotic deposition of very fine building blocks. Through spherical packing, materials such as glass, marble and synthetic composites are used, as well as the robotic injection of high performance binding veins _ programmed through the scanning of Adaptive MAS.
Fluid is using “unnatural” physics of fluid behaviours as a form finding environment for spanning tensile structures. Following recent developments in the automated fiber placement in Aerospace industry for instance, spanning structures are imagined that would be able to distribute structural fibers at a very high resolution _ filtering light and distributing forces in complex enclosures. In addition, adaptation to complex host environments are explored through computational physics.
Robotic Braiding takes its inspiration from industrial braiding (youtube.com/watch?v=j19na8LMBnE) working on a concept of heterogeneous adaptive space-filling fabric. In order to free such construction from the limited framing of the machine, distributed robotics were explored. A swarm of vehicular robots is materialised able to read data from its environments and braid highly intricate fabric of space. Multi Agent System is used to design behaviours of the robots in order to produce different performative features and aesthetic expressions. Fabrics carry (designer) behavioural imprint of the swarm.
RoboFoam is looking at the interplay of Noise sourced from the material behaviours of foam class of materials, characterised by high degree of non-linearity, simultaneous to extreme precision of algorithmic and robotic production. Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) and physics simulation of material properties are employed. Aesthetic and structural capacities are mined from such interplay of Noise and Structured.