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_id caadria2015_015
id caadria2015_015
authors Melenbrink, Nathan and Nathan King
year 2015
title Fulldome Interfacing
source Emerging Experience in Past, Present and Future of Digital Architecture, Proceedings of the 20th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2015) / Daegu 20-22 May 2015, pp. 221-230
summary The ability to communicate design intent to potential users, clients, and communities is fundamental to the process of architectural design. Conventionally, this need is addressed through phased submissions of drawings, renderings, animations, and physical models—all with the intention of representing space and its constituent elements. Recent technological advancements however—including tools like those produced by OculusTM—have begun to present new opportunities for spatial representation through the use of simulated 3D environments that are both convenient for the design team and readily accepted by clients and end users. While immersive technologies do present novel representational opportunities, current workflows position the potential at the conclusion of the design process, not as part of it. The project presented here moves beyond mere representation and positions simulated 3D environments within the design process itself. To this end, an integrated real-time computational workflow that enables the use of simulated spatial experience as an iterative design tool was developed in order to create the illusion of being in a space while it is being designed and allowing experientially informed decision making. The Fulldome Interface creates a collaborative immersive environment that utilizes a novel computational design workflow (linking the parametric GrasshopperTM for RhinocerosTM design environment to the Unity3DTM gaming engine) that responds in real-time through dome-based stereoscopic projection that can be experienced by multiple occupants simultaneously.
keywords Immersive; fulldome; real-time; interface; parametric design
series CAADRIA
email emelenbrink@gsd.harvard.edu
last changed 2015/06/05 05:14

_id acadia17_382
id acadia17_382
authors Melenbrink, Nathan; Kassabian, Paul; Menges, Achim; Werfel, Justin
year 2017
title Towards Force-aware Robot Collectives for On-site Construction
source ACADIA 2017: DISCIPLINES & DISRUPTION [Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-692-96506-1] Cambridge, MA 2-4 November, 2017), pp. 382- 391
summary Due to the irregular and variable environments in which most construction projects take place, the topic of on-site automation has previously been largely neglected in favor of off-site prefabrication. While prefabrication has certain obvious economic and schedule benefits, a number of potential applications would benefit from a fully autonomous robotic construction system capable of building without human supervision or intervention; for example, building in remote environments, or building structures whose form changes over time. Previous work using a swarm approach to robotic assembly generally neglected to consider forces acting on the structure, which is necessary to guarantee against failure during construction. In this paper we report on key findings for how distributed climbing robots can use local force measurements to assess aspects of global structural state. We then chart out a broader trajectory for the affordances of distributed on-site construction in the built environment and position our contributions within this research agenda. The principles explored in simulation are demonstrated in hardware, including solutions for force-sensing as well as a climbing robot.
keywords material and construction; physics; construction/robotics; simulation & optimization
series ACADIA
email Nathan.Melenbrink@wyss.harvard.edu
last changed 2017/10/17 09:12

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