Aiming to demystify industrial robotics for construction, DataForm Lab is organizing a workshop on Robotic Construction in order to bring professionals in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry closer to advanced fabrication technologies.
ROBOTIC TIMBER CONSTRUCTION // February 2022
The ambition of the event is to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the key advantages of industrial robotic arms and facilitate the implementation of robotic technologies in the construction sector.
During the workshop, highly experienced tutors will share design-to-fabrication methodologies and the participants will gain first-hand experience in robotic manufacturing. The workshop will be complemented with a rich Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program delivered by experts in the field.
The outcome of the event will be a full-scale robotically fabricated structure and a clear set of design methodologies that participants will be able to use in their everyday workflows to streamline design to fabrication.
Location: Online / Plexal, Here East, London UK
Places are limited
During Robotic Construction v1.0 participants will be taught a full digital workflow from form generation of a complex facade, to the parametric control of the robot and the fabrication of the individual components. Robotic hot wire cutting will be used as the fabrication method and the constraints and possibilities of the process will be investigated to demonstrate the key relationships inherent to material, process and form.
The workshop will be structured in two days of intensive teaching and robotic fabrication, complemented by a professional development evening event and a public presentation and networking event.
Workshop day 1 - Saturday 15/02 - 10:00-18:00
- Introduction to industrial robotics
- Design methodologies for robotic hot wire cutting
- Concept design and design development sessions
- Robotic hands-on tests
Workshop day 2 - Thursday 20/02 - 19:00-21:00 - Professional development evening
- Insights on advanced fabrication methodologies in Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry
- Presentations from experts in the field : AKT II Structural Engineers, HAL Robotics and Cordek Bespoke Formwork
Workshop day 3 - Saturday 22/02 - 10:00-18:00
- Robotic hot wire cutting fabrication session
- Application of design methodologies in architectural scale for the fabrication of complex facade components
- Automated construction from a business model perspective
Evening public event - Thursday 27/02 - 19:00-21:00
- Public presentation of workshop outcomes
- Networking event
WHO IS THIS FOR
The workshop is targeted to Architecture, Engineering and Construction professionals who want to develop their technical skills, but most importantly aspire to learn design-to-fabrication methodologies that will help them apply Design for Manufacturing principles in their everyday practice. The workshop offers access to knowledge and content that until now has been exclusive to academic environments, bringing professionals up-to-date with the latest innovations in robotic construction.
To ensure our participants get the maximum potential out of the workshop we will accept a total of 15 people per workshop. Please note that as places are limited there is a first-pay first-serve basis.
During the Robotic Construction v1.0 workshop participants will form a deep understanding of the key advantages of robotic fabrication for the architectural design and construction process.
They will learn the industrial robotic arm kinematic principles and they will gain first-hand experience in robotic manufacturing.
They will gain insights regarding advanced fabrication technologies from experts in the field.
And most importantly, participants will be taught design thinking for robotic production, which they will then be able to apply in their everyday practice.
DataForm Lab founder
Eva Magnisali is the founder of DataForm Lab. The office's hybrid practice is a fusion between design, computer programming, automation, robotic fabrication and construction. DataForm Lab's mission is to accelerate the integration of industrial robotics in the construction industry through the development of design-to-fabrication workflows, through the use of robotic prototyping, and finally, through automation consultancy at a business level, aiming to de-risk technology innovation in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry.
Eva is also working as Head of Robotics at Bryden Wood, where she is responsible for creating and implementing the company’s Digital Manufacture and Robotics strategy. Previously, Eva coordinated the Architectural Robotics Lab of the University of Westminster, leading research projects that explored emerging techniques around digital manufacturing and robotics. As an architect, she has been involved in large-scale infrastructure projects at Foster+Partners, using advanced computational tools to deliver complex facades, always focusing on bridging the gap between design and its materialization.
Eva is also actively involved in academia, teaching at the Design Research Laboratory of the Architectural Association and the University of Westminster, and she has lectured and presented her work internationally.
DataForm Lab researcher
Aditya Bhosle completed his Bachelor of architecture at the Sinhgad College of Architecture, Pune University, India in 2011 and his Master's degree in Architecture and Urbanism DRL at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London in 2016. He is now working as an Architect/Computational Designer at UHA London.
Aditya has been the project lead at Mamou-Mani Architects for architectural and digital fabrication projects in UK and abroad. He was one of the key members of the design and build team for the Burning man temple 2018 (Galaxia).
Academically, his studies focused on the research of prototypical design systems that concentrate on the investigation of spatial, structural and material organisation. His research focused on the use of combined technologies, spatial printing and robotic fabrication to transform the way spaces are designed and produced.
All participants should bring their own laptops with the following software installed. Trial versions can be downloaded from McNeel's website - links for downloads will be sent after registration. Please have the software installed prior to the workshop start.
McNeel Grasshopper 3d
Workshop language: English
Plexal , Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 3BS London UK
We are a 10-minute walk from Hackney Wick Station and a free shuttle bus operates between Stratford International / Stratford City and Here East.
Parking available for a charge in Here East. Cycle racks available.