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id acadia15_343
authors Roudavski, Stanislav
year 2015
title Sketching with Robots
source ACADIA 2105: Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene [Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-692-53726-8] Cincinnati 19-25 October, 2015), pp. 343-355
summary Today, human activities constitute the primary environmental impact on the planet. In this context, commitments to sustainability, or minimization of damage, prove insufficient. To develop regenerative, futuring capabilities, architectural design needs to extend beyond the form and function of things and engage with the management of complex systems. Such systems involve multiple types of dynamic phenomena – biotic and abiotic, technical and cultural – and can be understood as living. Engagement with such living systems implies manipulation of pervasive and unceasing change, irrespective of whether it is accepted by design stakeholders or actively managed towards homeostatic or homeorhetic conditions. On one hand, such manipulation of continuity requires holistic and persistent design involvements that are beyond natural capabilities of human designers. On the other hand, practical, political or creative implications of reliance on automated systems capable of tackling such tasks is as yet underexplored. In response to this challenge, this paper considers an experimental approach that utilised methods of critical making and speculative designing to explore potentials of autonomous architecture. This approach combined 1) knowledge of animal architecture that served as a lens for rethinking human construction and as a source of alternative design approaches; 2) practices of creative computing that supported speculative applications of data-driven and performance-oriented design; and 3) techniques of robotics and mechatronics that produced working prototypes of autonomous devices that served as props for critical thinking about alternative futures.
keywords Intelligent robots, animal architecture, synthetic ecology
series ACADIA
type normal paper
email srou@unimelb.edu.au
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