Towards a Robotic Architecture


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SpecificationsSKU: 90633Size: 9″ x 9″ Square Pages: 300pp Binding: Hard Bound Publication Date: spring 2018 ISBN: 978-1-939621-63-4 Rights World: Available

The field of robotics is coming of age. Robotics and artificial intelligence represent the next cutting edge technology that will transform the fields of architecture and design. The past decade’s surge towards more computationally defined building systems and highly adaptable open-source design software has left the field ripe for the integration of robotics whether through large-scale building fabrication or through more intelligent/adaptive building systems. Through this surge, architecture has not only been greatly influenced by these emerging technologies, but has also begun influencing other disciplines in unexpected ways.
Towards a Robotic Architecture provides systems of classification, categorization, and taxonomies of robotics in architecture so that a more systematic and holistic body of work could take place while addressing the multifarious aspects of possible research and production. With research in this area in its infancy, this publication will bring together scholars, designers, and industry members as they define their positions along the four frameworks for architectural robotics, aspiring to be the first scholarly treatment of a broad range of robotics research in architecture and design fields. Towards a Robotic Architecture will address how architectural robotics can open up unique and innovative possibilities both within architecture and related disciplines.

Dr. Mahesh Daas, who holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and master’s degree from Kansas State University. is the Dean of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Kansas and is the author of the book Leading with Aesthetics: The Transformational Leadership of President Charles M. Vest at M.I.T.

Throughout his career, Daas has been honored for his exceptional creative achievements, leadership, and innovative approach to teaching. The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) has twice elected him as its president, and recognized his leadership in 2013 with the ACADIA Society Award of Excellence. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Architectural computing. In 2011 he was named an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor, one of the highest national recognitions for an architectural educator. Daas has been a peer reviewer for the National Science Foundation and served on an NSF delegation to Israel to explore bilateral research opportunities in sustainable materials and technologies. He has also co-chaired an NSF symposium and workshop on Materials and Manufacturing for Extreme Affordability in collaboration with ASME and IEEE.

He is the founder of An Inconvenient Studio that partners with professional firms, academic institutions, and corporations that result in educational sponsorships and cutting edge collaborative research opportunities and creates entrepreneurial startups.

Professor Andrew John Wit holds a master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an Assistant Professor of Digital Practice within Temple University where he leads research, courses, and workshops focused around novel building systems generated through the integration of light-weight composites, digital tools/fabrication and robotic systems. He is also a Co-Founder of the interdisciplinary research group WITO* Laboratory for Intelligent Environments.

Serving on the board of directors for the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), Wit was won design and research awards for UTenSAils (2007 AIA Best of Practice Award), the Advanced Fabrics Exhibition (2007 IFAI Outstanding Achievement Award), floatSCAPE (@MIT), the widely published Underwood Pavilion, and most recently the rolyPOLY and cloudMAGNET CFRP prototypes. Wit’s work has been featured at many international conferences and refereed publications.


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