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id acadia15_251
authors Pedro Sousa, Josť; Veiga, Germano; Moreira, A. Paulo
year 2015
title Robotic Fabrication with Cork: Emerging Opportunities in Architecture and Building Construction
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. 251-260
summary In the last two decades, CAD/CAM technologies have opened new conceptual and material opportunities in architecture. By combining computational design and digital fabrication technologies, architects have embraced a higher level of geometric complexity and variability in their solutions. Such non-standard possibilities were expanded with the recent introduction of robotic technologies in the discipline, which have allowed moving beyond the fabrication of building components to reach the construction of building parts. As a result of this digital condition, traditional materials have known innovative applications in architecture. In this context, this paper presents cork, which is a natural and recyclable material. By describing its unique set of properties and features, it argues about its relevance for the building construction in the present times. With this underlying motivation, this paper defines the current state of the research in architecture on the use of robotic fabrication with cork. It does so by describing and illustrating a set of different experiments conducted by the authors in their academic institutions. The results unveil a set of innovative applications of cork in building construction, and, at the same time, contribute to show how robotic technologies can be used to rethink and update traditional and old materials in architecture.
keywords Building Construction, Cork, CAD/CAM, Robotic Fabrication, Design Customization
series ACADIA
type normal paper
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