The Robotic Touch

How Robots Change Architecture

Exciting research at the Chair for Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich 2005–2013.

 

 

Title Information

Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Jan Willmann

1st edition

, 2014

Hardback

488 pages, 649 color and 261 b/w illustrations

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-906027-37-1

Content

As the connection between data and building materials grows ever closer, with digital information not just informing plans but actually being used to create the material that will construct a building—robots are necessarily playing a large role in architecture. Yet the use of robots in architecture has not been treated comprehensively until now. The Robotic Touch features more than thirty research projects on robots in architecture originating at the Chair for Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich, documenting various methods and concepts relating to the use of robots in architecture. In particular, The Robotic Touch offers the first full analysis of the material and constructive aspects of robot-based building projects—and draws out the implications for architectural design on the growing use of robots. The volume is rounded out by topical essays on broader aspects of the subject, along with technical data-sheets and a helpful glossary.

Authors & Editors

Fabio Gramazio

 is an architect and professor for architecture and digital fabrication at ETH Zurich. He also runs his own architectural studio in Zürich together with Matthias Kohler.

Matthias Kohler

 is an architect and professor for architecture and digital fabrication at ETH Zurich. He also runs his own architectural studio in Zürich together with Fabio Gramazio.

Jan Willmann

 is an architect and senior assistant at the Chair for Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich since 2011.

Praise

«This splendid book narrates the trajectory of a leader in digital fabrication, Gramazio & Kohler.» Arquitectura Viva 137

 

"At the beginning of the twenty-first century, advancing technology offers another occasion for productive confusion in the design professions. […] Gramazio and Kohler’s The Robotic Touch is a substantial and provocative document of this moment of productive confusion, both a valuable document of past research and a text that projects itself into a seemingly ineluctable future." Larry Busbea, caareviews.org