The M.DesR/ESTm program takes advantage of the newly launched SCI-Arc Robot House. The lab’s multi-robot platform houses six state-of-the-art Stäubli robots, each with a full sphere of motion, which operate together in one flexible configuration.
The Robotics House offers a new design interface extending beyond a production facility. It creates unprecedented emulation, simulation and animation environments in which computational geometry, material agency and fabrication logistics merge.
SCI-Arc’s new robotics facility, complemented by a robotics simulation component, provides a new type of design environment that pushes beyond the current production-based robotics labs in place at other architecture schools. Together, the multi-robot room and the robotics simulation room will launch a new digital and material interface—a research environment in which real-time data generated from digital design and materials fabrication is analyzed and processed simultaneously.
SCI-ARC ROBOT HOUSE FELLOWSHIP
In fall 2011, SCI-Arc appointed recent SCI-Arc graduates Brandon Kruysman and Jonathan Proto as the first SCI-Arc Research Fellows to focus exclusively on teaching and research in the SCI-Arc Robot House. Kruysman-Proto’s research investigates techniques of networked manufacturing in architectural design. Using the unique configuration of the SCI-Arc Robot House, their research explores synchronous robotics and the complex coordination between movement, end arm tooling, and material agency in space. The SCI-Arc Robot House and EST(m) post-graduate program are underwritten in part though the generous support of Stäubli Robotics, The Fletcher Jones Foundation, and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.