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Christian J. Lange will speak at Future Architect Conference

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

I am very happy to be able to join one of the panels in the upcoming conference by the STRELKA INSTITUTE. Please join in if you have time. The talks will take place September 7th, 2021 at 1:15pm Moscow time.

Christian J. Lange, Strelka Institute, HKU, Architecture, Future Architect

To follow the Conference live, please use the following link:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PELhVnvsdgY/

Reformative Coral Habitat Project

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Finally this collaborative project between the Robotic Fabrication Lab and SWIMS at HKU moved out of the lab. The team in the Robotic Fabrication Lab was responsible for the design and the fabrication of the tiles, working hard to ensure an even quality of the tiles. Here you see loosely assembled 72 of the final 100 tiles which were delivered yesterday. Let’s hope they will perform well on Hong Kong’s seabed.

ceramic architecture, Christian J. Lange, Robotic Fabrication Lab, Faculty of Architecture, HKU, The University of Hong Kong, 3d printed reef, 3d printed coral, 3d printing clay, Reef tiles, AFCD, coral reef restoration Hong Kong, 3D printed coral, conservation, marine park

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 autobryks3D, Christian J. Lange, Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, AFCD,  Robotic Fabrication Lab, Reef Tiles, 3d printed reef tiles, archireef, coral restoration, autobryks

Outcomes of the “Autobrickformation III | In Compression“ Studio Fall 2019 @ HKU

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

Finally I can show some pictures of the latest outcomes of the Fall 2019 studio. This MArch studio is the third studio that focused on 3d clay printing and brick specials. This time we looked into spatial arrangements of this peculiar material system. Below you can find an excerpt of the brief:

Agenda:

Over the past three years, the agenda within the research and teaching of the robotic fabrication lab in the Faculty of Architecture at HKU has focused on the development of novel approaches for 3d printing ceramic brick specials. The key question within this specific research trajectory was on how we, as designers, can rethink one of the most traditional material systems in Architecture with innovative fabrication methods of today.

While in previous studios the focus was primarily on the development and making of the individual brick and its performance beyond physical strength, this semester, we will re-direct our attention to structural capacity and techniques of assembly. Traditionally Bricks are put together via a level and a plumb line. That method is suitable for walls, but more complex systems such as arches and vaults need temporary scaffolding or a specific false-work to achieve accurate assembly and structural strength.

The studio, therefore, will investigate how robotic 3d printing and novel fabrication processes for false-work can rethink and transform structural brick systems that rely on pure compression. The ultimate goal of the studio is to develop, make, and test experimental prototypes, and to understand their fitness for inventive programs, types, and spaces.

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3d printed brick, terracotta, Hong Kong, architecture, Christian J Lange

3d printing, Hong Kong, Terracotta, The University of Hong Kong, faculty of Architecture, MArch Studio, Christian J Lange

Robotic clay printing, autobryks, Brick specials, vaults, domes, arches, architecture, Christian J Lange, autobryks 3d

3d printed vaults, 3d printed arches, Christian J Lange, Robotic Fabrication Lab HKU

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Outcomes of “Autobrickformation“ Studio

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

At last, I would like to show some photos of the outcomes of the latest studio that I taught at The University of Hong Kong. The M.Arch I studio entitled “AUTOBRICKFORMATION” focused on one of architecture’s oldest building materials, the brick.

Below is an excerpt of the brief:

The history of architecture is primarily based on a model of parts-to-whole. One of the oldest building material that is the ultimate embodiment of this concept is the brick. The brick was until modern times the standard component to build mundane buildings around the world. It represents a building material that can be flexibly assembled, is good in compression, and, although it’s based on a standardized logic, has an extensive range of architectural expression. Originally bricks were made through a slop moulding method. Today, most industrially produced bricks are made through a die extrusion process. It’s a fast and economical method but has its limitations in complexity achievable.

In the past decade, 3d printing technology has become more advanced and has made its way into architecture. Many of the industry experts who are driving this development dream of large-scale production with large printers that print entire houses in every shape and form. Though there are quite a few promising developments on the horizon, it is certain that this trend will be only one trajectory of how we think about new technologies to drive contemporary architectural production. The studio therefore will focus on the brick and try to understand how recent technologies can rethink this 7000-year-old building material.

AUTOBRICKFORMATION, Christian J Lange, Ceramic Architecture, 3d printed terracotta, HKU, Faculty of Architecture, 3d printed clay, 3d printed ceramics

AUTOBRICKFORMATION, Christian J Lange, Ceramic Architecture, 3d printed terracotta, HKU, Faculty of Architecture

AUTOBRICKFORMATION, Christian J Lange, Ceramic Architecture, 3d printed terracotta, HKU, Faculty of Architecture, robotic clay printing

AUTOBRICKFORMATION, Christian J Lange, Ceramic Architecture, 3d printed terracotta, HKU, Faculty of Architecture

AUTOBRICKFORMATION, Christian J Lange, Ceramic Architecture, 3d printed terracotta, HKU, Faculty of Architecture

AUTOBRICKFORMATION, Christian J Lange, Ceramic Architecture, 3d printed terracotta, HKU, Faculty of Architecture

Students: Fan Taiwen, Fan Xinkai, Hong Chen, Hu Chi Hing, Lai Chu Tung Jetson, Lin Xuancheng, Liu Pui Hang Desmond, Wang Youlin, Yam Ka Kit

Lunchtime Lecture at CUSUP

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

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 2018

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

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

Monday, August 20th, 2018

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

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

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

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

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/

Ceramic Constellation | Robotic Fabrication & Building Workshop

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Christian J. Lange will be teaching again a Summer workshop on Robotic Fabrication in Architecture at The University of Hong Kong. The program will take place from June 5th through June 16th 2017.

Ceramic Constellation, Robotic Fabrication, 3d printed bricks

This year’s summer workshop “Ceramic Constellation” is sponsored by SINO GROUP and is based on the current research undertaken in the lab that focuses on ceramic fabrication through the aid of the robot. Ceramics have a long history in Architecture, especially in the context of China. However, in today’s standardized world, the richness of the material is nearly gone. With few exceptions in contemporary Chinese Architecture, it seems that the materials’ remaining territory in the building industry diminished to the use of dull homogeneous façade tiles. Therefore the intention of this workshop is to test the potential of the material in todays advanced technological world and to build a large-scale pavilion that will be installed on a site in the Olympian City shopping mall in Kowloon.

The workshop comprises of a series of exercises on tectonics, computational design and robotic fabrication techniques and will culminate in the construction of a 1:1 large-scale architectural intervention. The workshop will expand the student’s skillset and understanding through building an innovative structure in real scale, and aims to open up the student’s understanding of the emerging creative uses of Robotics in Architecture.

Program:
– Workshop on Robotics in Architecture.
– Computational workshop on component based assembly structures.
– Fabrication of components
– Construction and Installation of a 1:1 scale intervention.

Set Up:
Hardware: 1 x ABB 6700 1 x ABB IRB 1600
Software: Rhino, Grasshopper, HAL

Participants:
Up to 20 students of the Department of Architecture, HKU, led by
Christian J. Lange
Donn Holohan
Holger Kehne

Dates:
The program will take place from June 5th through June 16th 2017.

Information session:
To give students a better understanding of the workshop we will have a lunch-time information session on May 12th in room 419 1:00pm.

Registration:
The program is open to all fulltime students registered in the BAAS, March, MLA, MPhil and PHD programs in the Department of Architecture. Interested applicants should send a one page CV to the BAAS secretary Angela Ting by May 19th.

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