A thoughtful review of our book (with Andrew John Wit) by Richard Marshall, BuroHappold in CTBUH Journal:
“The McKinsey Global Institute in 2013 published a report that highlighted 12 disruptive technologies. Two of those technologies, advanced robotics and 3D printing, are intertwined in Towards a Robotic Architecture, and the potential impact of both is clearly set out in the book.”
I am delighted to be co-chairing a panel discussion at the Robotics in Architecture international conference hosted by ETH, Zurich. The panel features leading robotics experts in architecture from around the world: http://www.robarch2018.org/
Mahesh Daas (moderator)
Andrew John-Wit (moderator)
Sigrid Brell-Cokcan is the founder and director of the new Chair of Individualized Production at RWTH Aachen University and co-founded the Association for Robots in Architecture in 2010 together with Johannes Braumann.
Kendra Byrne is trained in architecture and a Software product manager with expertise in robotics, cloud software, and user experience. She has held product management positions with a mix of robotics companies, including Google and Bot & Dolly, and currently in the process of getting a new company off the ground. Bot & Dolly played a key role in the making of the film Gravity.
Matthias Kohler is a founding member of Gramazio + Kohler Research, world’s first architectural robotics lab, at ETH Zurich.
Achim Menges is a registered architect and professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design and Construction since 2008. He has also been Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design from 2009 to 2015.
Sina Mostafavi is a practicing architect, researcher, and educator. Has practiced architecture since 2007, he is the founder of SETUParchitecture, a firm that offers consultancy for innovative design solutions to construction processes. He is currently the manager and coordinator of Robotic Building Lab at Hyperbody group of TU Delft.
One of the 12 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. On June 19, 2018, a conference was held at the UN in New York City on the topic of “The Role of Technology Implementing the New Urban Agenda to Achieve Sustainable Development.”
I was honored to speak on the panel on Emerging Technologies and address “Cities and Robots,” based on my recently co-edited book Towards A Robotic Architecture. The panel was chaired by H.E. Mr. Michal Mlynar, Permanent Representative of Slovak Republic to the United Nations, and moderated by Prof. Urs Gauchat, CSU, Dean Emeritus, NJIT College of Architecture and Design.
My fellow panelists include Mr. John Paul Farmer, Director of Technology & Civic Innovation, Microsoft; Mr. Jason Whittet, Associate Director in Innovation in Urban Data and Technology, Rockefeller Foundation; Prof. Sarah Williams, Associate Professor of Technology and Urban Planning; Director, Civic Data Design Lab, MIT School of Architecture and Planning; and Prof. Philip Bernstein, FAIA RIBA LEED AP, Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer, Yale School of Architecture.
I was quite honored to address a multi-disciplinary audience at Studio CHI of DePaul University on May 29, 2018 on the topic of “Towards a Robotic Architecture: Robots Are About Being Human.” A reception and book signing ceremony followed.
“With a nod to Vers Une Architecture, Le Corbusier’s seminal 1923 collection of essays, Towards a Robotic Architecture casts a hopeful eye on the discipline’s technological future. Co-edited by Mahesh Daas, dean of the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Kansas, and Andrew John Wit, assistant professor of digital practice at Temple University, the work frames the possibilities for robots and artificial intelligence (AI) in architectural design.”