The Robotic Touch
How Robots Change Architecture
Exciting research at the Chair for Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich 2005–2013.
1st edition, 2014
488 pages, 649 color and 261 b/w illustrations
17 x 24 cm
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.
«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