48-510 // Advanced Synthesis Options Studio // Robotic Construction

48-510: Robotic Wood Construction

Timber Studio: Robotically Augmented Wood Construction forefronts the need for resourcefulness in contemporary architectural practice. The course positions a renewed interest in wood construction (an ecologically sane material appropriate for many building types) relative to emerging technologies in robotically assisted fabrication. As designers recoup this traditional building material, emerging digital technologies are poised to re-frame the what, why, and how of timber construction. In particular the course will investigate robotic steam bending, where a robot’s ability to shape custom framing members and assemble unique parts, is leveraged to construct complex material arrays. Labs, Lectures, and design projects will emphasize tactile investigation, building at one to one, and introduce the fundamentals of robotic motion and tooling protocol.
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