ARC 606-2- Arch Design Studio 6

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Course No.: 18617

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2014 Spring

Location: Crosby – TBD

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday & Thursday

Meeting Time: 1:30PM - 7:20PM

Faculty: Silver

This studio will explore the implications of emerging technologies on the art of masonry
construction by considering recent developments in the field of robotic fabrication. Starting with
the work of Gramazie and Kohler and their research on brick stacking robot arms we will attempt
to re-imagine architecture by exploring leg-based, situaltionally aware systems. This move out of
the factory and into the real world will depend on a new understanding of how intelligent
machines can function alongside humans to perform challenging tasks on messy, uneven terrain,
and inside unfinished building interiors. We will focus specifically on how these new tools can
transform the art of building by designing 1:1 details imagined as part of a new brick and glass
block art gallery located in Delaware Park, Buffalo. Independent design projects will be pursued
along with group work focused on the creation of full-scale mock walls and a functional, leg-based
masonry robot.