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Featured Workshop: Phase Change

Phase Change: Explorations in Robotic Forming of Thermoplastic Materials

This workshop will explore opportunities to overcome tooling limitations in the formation of individualized thermoplastic building components using robotic formation during phase change and speculative additive robotic processes (3D Printing). Explorations will include the translation of the rigid ideal of computational design space to the soft reality of an uncertain built environment as mediated by the industrial robotic work cell. In this case, the industrial robot precisely translates the digital geometry but the final form is characterized by the uncertainties of the thermoplastic material behavior during phase-change. The resulting artifacts will emerge from the integration of the precise and the imprecise through a feedback loop between the digital design environment and the results of a series of physical material experiments. Material properties are considered intrinsic to the design process and the robotically controlled fabrication process will be saturated by feedback from the behavioral logics of the material itself. The exploration of complex material behavior during phase-change will extend to the introduction of novel additive manufacturing technologies through the combination of generic robotic manipulators and custom end effectors. The introduction of additive processes begins to speculate on fabrication scenarios that distance themselves from current linear file-to-factory based methods and industrialized production-modes as well as introduces opportunities for the eventual introduction of Additive Manufacturing in Architecture. (….details)

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Featured Workshop: Augmented Materiality

Greyshed: Augmented Materiality

This workshop will demonstrate strategies for interactive and intuitive robot control during the design and fabrication processes. Rather than using the robot in isolation as a means for fabricating digital design, the robot acts as one of many mediators between the digital and physical world throughout the design process. Employing 3D scanning technologies in conjunction with user tracking, human interface devices, various sensors and augmented reality strategies, we are able to demonstrate multidirectional communication between the human designer, physical materials, computer simulation and robotic scanning/manipulation. Our scripts coordinate robot movements with projected images, thereby illustrating robotic toolpaths, user input information and structural calculations by overlaying them over physical geometry. The setup and tools will be used, experimented upon, and (ideally) modified by workshop participants.

For further workshop details, please click here

Permalink to Full conference schedule now online!

Full conference schedule now online!

The full conference program for the RobArch 2014 conference has been posted, please visit the schedule page for detailed information on paper presentations, keynotes, etc.

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2014 Keynote Speakers announced!

The Conference Chairs and Advisory Board are excited to announce the keynote lecturers for the 2014 conference, showcasing the convergence of technology, industry, and academia which is at the heart of the Rob|Arch conference series.

Kendra Byrne – Bot&Dolly
Stu Shepherd – KUKA Robot Group
Matthias Kohler – ETH Zurich
Achim Menges – University of Stuttgart
Daniel Piker – Kangaroo Physics

Go here for full biographical information!

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Rob|Arch 2014 Call for Videos

Rob|Arch 2014 and the Association for Robots in Architecture invite research institutions and companies, as well as individual artists, architects, designers, engineers, researchers, and students to submit video presentations of their “robotic” work to the Rob|Arch 2014 conference. The video clips should showcase new developments and innovative projects that are relevant to the conference topic of robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design.

A jury of experts will choose the best video submissions to be shown at the conference/exhibition to Rob|Arch 2014 attendees, among them CEOs of major robot companies as well as industry partners and internationally recognized researchers, architects, and artists. Furthermore, the video clips will be published on the Rob|Arch conference homepage,, and via social media to a wide internet audience.

The accepted video submissions of the previous Rob|Arch 2012 conference have been viewed over 10.000 times:

For more details and to submit a video, go to

Permalink to Early bird pricing has been EXTENDED!

Early bird pricing has been EXTENDED!

We have extended the deadline for early bird registrations until March 14th, 2014. We will post updated workshop availability soon, as several are almost sold out!

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ABB Mobility Grant


Deadline extended to Sunday, 9.3.2014

The ABB Mobility Grant was initiated by ABB Robotics and the Association for Robots in Architecture to support individuals who  are highly engaged in robotic applications in the creative industry. Three grants with a volume of  1000USD each support the grantee’s travel and accommodation costs for Rob|Arch 2014.

It is the goal of the Mobility Grant to financially support individuals who do not have the financial support of academic or commercial institutions but want to engage in the robotic dialogue at Rob|Arch 2014.

Applicants are required to…
…be registered for Rob|Arch 2014 (professionals, students, authors, and non-authors)
…prove that they are not in a position to receive financial support from their institution (e.g. robotic startups, PhD students who are not full-time employees, or individual artists, designers, and architects, etc.)

Excluded are…
…full-time employees at an academic institution
…researchers who are part of a program that funds travelling costs
…employees of a firm/office that is involved in robotics and employs more than 5 people

To apply for the grant, please send an eMail with the documents outlined below until 28.2.2014 with the subject “ABB Mobility Grant” to

  • Scanned PDF of the filled-in and signed application form
  • 1 A4 page with CV and three referees (full contact data)
  • 1 A4 page outlining your “robotic” work and your motivation
  • 4 high-resolution images of your work + 1 of yourself, to be published on the homepage

The grantees will be chosen by the board of the Association for Robots in Architecture and notified on 15.3.2014.

Please note that the grant will be awarded at the conference, with the money transferred shortly thereafter. We’re looking forward to seeing you at Rob|Arch 2014!

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Announcing the Kuka Young Potential award!

We are pleased to announce the continuation of the “Kuka Young Potential Award” for the 2014 RobArch Conference. The Award is to support young researchers in the field of robots in architecture, art, and design. The KUKA Young Potential Award (worth 2500 USD) will be granted to the best scientific paper at Rob|Arch by a researcher of 35 years or less. Last Rob|Arch’s winner was Ryan Luke Johns of Greyshed for his paper Augmented Reality and the Fabrication of Gestural Form.


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Final Call for Papers!

This is the Final Call for papers; the deadline is midnight EST on Dec. 1st.  Please email the chair with any question regarding submissions. Authors will be notified of acceptance in early January 2014. Submission details here…

Permalink to Registration for the 2014 Conference and Workshops is now open!

Registration for the 2014 Conference and Workshops is now open!

Go here for more information….

Permalink to First Call for Papers has been posted!

First Call for Papers has been posted!

The first call for papers of the 2014 conference has gone out. More information here….

In addition, Workshops for the 2014 conference have been selected by the Workshop Committee. We received 20 submissions, all of them very high quality. The first 7 workshops are now listed on the website.

Permalink to Rob|Arch 2014 website is now live!

Rob|Arch 2014 website is now live!

The call for papers goes out this week, and the workshops are being announced soon. Here is a teaser of the new Robotics Lab at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

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Rob|Arch 2012 Video Contributions

In addition to the papers that were presented at Rob|Arch 2012 and published in the Rob|Arch book, the Association for Robots in Architecture sent out a call for video contributions to artists, researchers, students and companies world-wide. These impressive videos show the extremely wide range of robotic projects in the creative industry – from cutting-edge robotic milling, to new endeffectors, and even completely customized robots themselves.

At Rob|Arch 2012, the video contributions were shown at the conference venue to an audience of 250 international experts. It is now our pleasure to present the Rob|Arch 2012 video contributions to a worldwide audience.

Rob|Arch 2012 Video Contribution Album @ Vimeo

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Rob|Arch 2012 Gallery posted!

Dear Rob|Arch2012 participants, authors, co-chairs and sponsors,

We hope that you had relaxing holidays and a good start into the New Year!
Rob|Arch 2012 was a great success and we thank you for your positive feedback and the good wishes for the future events. From what we have heard, Rob|Arch not only provided great inspiration, but also lead to quite a few new collaborations and projects within the community.
We have uploaded nearly 15mins of workshop videos at Vimeo and 360 photos both on Facebook and the conference homepage.
The video submissions and presentations will follow soon – we are still post-processing the huge data volume.
We would like to thank for their support, our photographers Eugen, Raimund and Marko for a good documentation, and all people involved in the conference workshops for their hard work.

Finally, we want to introduce the new ROBARCH list, inspired by lists such as ECAADE and CAADRIA, which are of great use to the community. The new ROBARCH list will link together architects, artists, designers, and engineers involved in robotic fabrication and promote new events, posts interesting job openings etc. The first official ROBARCH eMail will go out soon, please let us know if you have anything to announce!

Have fun with the first part of the online RobArch2012 documentation and thank you all for having been part of RobArch2012!

With kind regards from Vienna!
Sigrid & Johannes

Robots in Architecture is on the road again with workshops in:
January 17-19 Istanbul, Turkey
January 21-24 Trier, Germany
April 25-28 Master I Architettura I Digitale I Iuav, Venice, Italy
July 1-5 CAADFUTURES, Tongji University, Shanghai China
Summer 2013: Robots in Architecture goes Down Under in Australia

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Robots in Architecture @ Facebook

Robots in Architecture has just joined Facebook! As Rob|Arch is coming increasingly closer, we’ll try to frequently post up-to-date information about the preparations. All essential information will of course also be posted on .org

Go to - you do not have to be a member of Facebook to view this page, as we will be posting publicly.

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