CeramicInformation Pavilion in Rumoer 69

January 10th, 2019 by admin

Very happy to share that the CeramicInformation Pavilion was included in the latest publication of Rumoer. The issue 69 of the periodical for the building technologist, which is publsihed by Tu Delft is on Digital Making. Happy that we also made it onto the cover.

Ceramic Information Pavilion, 3d printed bricks, Robotic Fabrication, Christian J Lange, HKU Urban LAb, Faculty of Architecture HKU, Rumoer 69, Bout, TU Delft

Robotic Fabrication Lab in the Urbanovation Pavilion @ DesignInspire 2018

November 25th, 2018 by admin

The Robotic Fabrication Lab of HKU’s Faculty of Architecture will have a booth in this years Urbanovation Pavilion at DesignInspire 2018. On display will be some experimental prototypes showcasing 3d printed ceramic bricks that came out of the lab recently. The event will take place at the Wanchai Convention Hall from December 6-8.
designinspire, Christian J. Lange, Robotic Fabrication Lab, FAculty of Architecture, HKU, The University of Hong Kong
Design Inspire
An international exhibition about design, creativity and innovation
6-8/12/2018
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
For more info on the event please visit also:
http://www.designinspire.com.hk/

Lunchtime Lecture at CUSUP

November 2nd, 2018 by admin

Christian J. Lange will be giving a public research seminar at the Centre for Urban Studies and Urban Planning at HKU. The talk will be centered around the recent research on brick specials in the Robotic Fabrication Lab at HKU. All are welcome.

HKU Urban Lab, Christian J. Lange, Robotic Fabrication Lab HKU, The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture, Robotic Fabrication

DATE:
14 November 2018 (Wednesday)
TIME:
13:00-14:00
VENUE:
Room 829,
Knowles Building
The University
of Hong Kong

Ceramic Constellation @ ACADIA 2019

September 13th, 2018 by admin

We are happy that our Ceramic Constellation Pavilion is included in this year’s ACADIA conference. Christian J. Lange will present the project at the event in Mexico in October.

Ceramic Constellation Pavilion, ACADIA 2018, Christian J Lange, Robotic Fabrication Lab, HKU, HKUrbanlab, The Faculty of Architecture

For more info on the event please visit also:
http://www.2018.acadia.org/

Ceramic Constellation @ RobArch 2018

August 20th, 2018 by admin

We are happy that our paper “Ceramic Constellation | Robotically Printed Brick Specials” is included in this year’s Rob Arch conference. Donn Holohan and Christian J. Lange will present the paper at the event at the ETH Zurich in September.
RobArch 2018, Christian J Lange, Robotic Fabrication Lab, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, HKU Urbanlab

For more info on the event please visit also:
http://www.robarch2018.org/

Digital Terracotta @ Venice Biennale

May 30th, 2018 by admin

Finally, I can share some photos of our latest research project coming out of the Robotics Lab at HKU entitled “Digital Terracotta”. The project is part of the current Hong Kong pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Curated by Weijen Wang with co-curators Thomas Chung and Thomas Tsang, the exhibition addresses the theme of “free space” set by Venice Biennale curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects through 100 experimental towers by 100 different architects. Our tower suggests a model for Hong Kong’s vertical fabric that innovates through a new 1:1 material system.

Robotically controlled terracotta extrusions that are tailored to specific conditions offer an alternative to today’s material practice. Terracotta has a long history within the Chinese context, yet nowadays the material has been diminished to dull façade tiles. The project, therefore, suggests revitalizing principles of the past with the technology of today to alter our built environment in Hong Kong in a sustainable way.

Venice Biennale, Architecture, 2018, Hong Kong Pavilion, Christian J. Lange, Rocker Lange Architects, Vertical Fabric, Density in Landscape

Venice Biennale, Architecture, 2018, Hong Kong Pavilion, Digital Terracotta, Vertical Fabric, Density in Landscape

Digital Terracotta, Christian J. Lange, robotic 3d printing, Venice Biennale, Rocker Lange Architects

Digital Terracotta, Christian J. Lange, robotic 3d printing, Venice Biennale

Digital Terracotta, Christian J. Lange, robotic 3d clay printing, Venice Biennale

The show will be on view until November 25th 2018 at Campo della Tana, opposite of the main entrance to the Arsenale.

CeramicINformation pavilion at UABB Shenzhen

January 21st, 2018 by admin

I am very happy to share the recent outcome of our fall activities in the Robotic Fabrication Lab at HKU. The project entitled “CeramicINformation” is the second larger outcome of the Lab and is part of an evolving series, which aims to reconcile the material intelligence of vernacular crafts with the specificity and flexibility promised by digital design and fabrication technologies.The project is currently on show at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen, China.

CeramicINformation, Shenzhen Biennale 2018, Ceramic Architecture

CeramicINformation Pavilion, Shenzhen Biennale 2018, HKUrbanLAB, The University of Hong Kong, Robotic 3d printing, Christian J. Lange

This particular iteration explores the process of construction, and seeks to find an appropriate level of automation suitable for emerging and transitioning economies. Each of the approximately 1000 components that make up the experimental structure is unique and has a specific immanent relationship to its neighbors. This approach allowed the complex construction to be realized using unskilled labor, over a short period, without the need for typical architectural drawings.

CeramicINformation Pavilion, brick architecture, robots in architecture

Rocker Lange Architects, Shenzhen Biennale 2018, HKUrbanLAB, 3d clay printing, Robotic clay extrusion, Christian J. Lange

As a point of departure, this project examined the ubiquitous terracotta brick – common in modern Chinese construction, and explored it’s potential re-shaping through the process of robotic 3d printing. Approximately 1.5million lines of code were generated – with each brick containing an average of 1400 individual target-points.

Robotic Brick Facade, Shenzhen Biennale 2018, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, HKU

Ceramic IN formation Pavilion, robotically manufactured bricks, Shenzhen Biennale 2018, HKUrbanLAB, The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture

The bricks were manufactured over a period of 20 days before the lightweight elements were shipped to the site and assembled into the multifaceted wall. The project not only highlights the new possibilities for architectural expression, but also the capacity these systems have to change the way in which we fashion the built environment.

CeramicINformation Pavilion, Shenzhen Biennale 2018, Robotic Fabrication LAB, The University of Hong Kong, Robotic 3d printing

CeramicINformation Pavilion, Shenzhen Biennale 2018, HKUrbanLAB, The University of Hong Kong, Robotic 3d printing

CeramicINformation Pavilion, Shenzhen Biennale 2018, HKUrbanLAB, The University of Hong Kong, Robotic 3d printing

CeramicINformation Pavilion, Shenzhen Biennale 2018, HKUrbanLAB, The University of Hong Kong, Robotic 3d printing

Credits:

Project Leaders:
Christian J. Lange
Donn Holohan

Research Assistants:
Mono Tung
Kristy Chow
Pamela Maguigad

Funding:
UABB Shenzhen

Project Location:
No. 82 East Zhongshan Street, Wanli Industrial Zone, Nantou Old Town, Nanshan District, Shenzhen

For images on the project please visit also:
http://www.arch.hku.hk/

Machinic Multiplicities | Christian J. Lange

November 6th, 2017 by admin

Christian J. Lange will give a talk entitled “Machinic Multiplicities” on November 9th 2017 at HKU. The talk is part of the current public lecture series entitled “In Progress” in the Department of Architecture.

Christian J. Lange, Machinic Multiplicities, The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture Abstract:

Architecture has always been deeply linked to tradition, site, and context. The collaboration between many different trades of skilled labor that were specific to a place was in part responsible for the diversity of architectural expression. With the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, buildings became more standardized and normative, losing its uniqueness and producing at times environments of pure repetition. However, since approximately two decades we are witnessing a shift in the profession that has the capacity to bring it again closer to materiality, craft, and diversity. Computation, new software packages, and new CAAD/CAM construction methods have paved the way for architects, designers, educators and students alike to engage again much more in the innovation of building processes and the making of a building. With the advent of robotic fabrication in Architecture, we are now witnessing the next step in this evolution. While robots in other industries are mostly used for repetitive tasks, pioneers in the architectural profession saw the opportunity to utilize them for non-standard designs. In an environment with rapidly growing cities, robotic fabrication offers a trajectory for Architecture that has the potential to bring back specificity and diversity while maintaining attributes such as efficiency and economic viability.

Since early 2016, Christian J. Lange is leading the development of the new Robotic Fabrication Lab in the Faculty of Architecture. The talk will present a series of projects that have been developed within the LAB since, and touch on the potentials of this new line of inquiry.

Department of Architecture
Speaker: Christian J. Lange
Title: Machinic Multiplicities
Respondent: Kristof Crolla, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Date: 09 Nov 2017 (Thursday)
Venue: KB730, 7/F Knowles Building, HKU
Time: 18:30

Ceramic Constellation Pavilion recently featured on Dezeen

September 12th, 2017 by admin

Very happy to share the recent feature of the ceramic constellation pavilion on Dezeen.

Christian J. Lange to talk at the upcoming event “Imminent Commons: Urban Questions for the Near Future”

August 20th, 2017 by admin

Within the scope of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017, co-directed by Hyungmin Pai and Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Christian Lange will be among the speakers at the upcoming event at HKU entitled “Imminent Commons: Urban Questions for the Near Future”. Speakers include Ole Bouman, Alvin Yip, Eunice Seng, Jason Hilgefort, Valerie Portefaix, Nasrine Seraji, Laurent Gutierrez and Chris Webster.

Venue: Wang Gungwu Theatre of the Graduate House at HKU
Date: 28th August, 16:00 to 19:30

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