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Robotic Fabrication Lab @ HKU

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

For the past year Christian J. Lange has been working on the set up of the new robotics lab at the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong. The lab was recently installed and consists of two ABB industrial robots, a rotational table and various end-effectors.

In an environment with rapidly growing cities, the robotic fabrication lab has its emphasis on the discovery of new methods, techniques and material assembly systems that have a meaningful and sustainable impact on the high-density build environment in the context of Hong Kong and Asia.

Currently Lange is teaching a March I studio focusing on the opportunities of robotic fabrication in traditional timber construction techniques that are specific to the Asian context. Below are some photos of the recent midterm presentation.

robotic fabrication lab, HKU, The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture, China, Christian Lange, Rocker Lange Architects

robotic intervention, studio Christian Lange, HKU, Department of Architecture

robotic intervention midterm 2016, Christian Lange

Robotic Fabrication Studio The University of Hong Kong

Reciprocal Timber Structures – outcomes of recent Robotic Fabrication workshop

Monday, August 15th, 2016

We are pleased to show some photos of the outcomes of the recent Robotic Fabrication Workshop. The workshop took place during late June 2016 at the University of Hong Kong and was led by Christian J. Lange and Donn Holohan. The project took on the typology of the tower as a point of departure to study the potential of low energy timber construction systems in conjunction with robotic fabrication.

robotic fabrication, China, The University of Hong Kong, reciprocal structures, Christian J. Lange, Rocker Lange Architects

robotic architecture, Asia, Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture, HKU, reciprocal structures, Christian J. Lange, Rocker Lange Architects

robots in architecture, The University of Hong Kong, China, reciprocal timber structures, Christian J. Lange, Rocker Lange Architects

credits:

supervisors:
Christian J. Lange
Donn Holohan

students:
Chan Yat Him Gabriel
Kong Ka Yu Christina
Tung Chiu On
Wong Yee Fung, Yves
Lu Chang
Laura Rulianto
Chan Hong Wan Aaron
He Qiye

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Robotic Intervention – Fabrication & Building Workshop

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Christian J. Lange will be teaching a Summer workshop on Robotic Fabrication in Architecture at The University of Hong Kong.The program will take place from June 20th through June 26th 2016

.robotic fabrication, Hong Kong, China, Christian J. Lange, The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture

Outline:

Robotics in Architecture is a relatively young subject within contemporary design practice. At the Faculty of Architecture we are currently building up a Research Lab that will be dedicated to this new research field. In an environment with rapidly growing cities, the lab will have its emphasis on the discovery of new methods, techniques and material assembly systems that have a meaningful and sustainable impact on Architecture and the context of Hong Kong and the PRD.

The summer workshop “Robotic Intervention” will focus on traditional techniques of timber construction and will be a first test for a novel production method with robotic aid. Participants are invited to investigate on the relationship between material, geometry, computation and robotic fabrication through the design and making of a prototypical structure.

The workshop comprises of a research component on traditional timber material systems, a series of exercises on computational design and robotic fabrication techniques and will culminate in the construction of a 1:1 scale architectural intervention. The workshop will not only increase the student’s architectural skillset to build a structure in real scale, it primarily aims to open up the student’s understanding of the emerging creative uses of Robotics in Architecture.

Program:
– Workshop on Robotics in Architecture.
– Research on traditional timber construction systems
– Computational workshop on component based assembly structures.
– Fabrication and installation of a 1:1 scale intervention at HKU.

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

Previous knowledge required:
Medium level experience on Rhino & Grasshopper

Participants:
12 students of the Faculty of Architecture, HKU, led by
Christian J. Lange, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, FoA
Donn Holohan, Assistant Lecturer – Fabrication Manager, FoA

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 June 11th.

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Rocker-Lange Architects featured in the new AD, ‘Mass-Customized Cities’

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Rocker-Lange Architects’s Shanghai Lilong Tower Urbanism project is featured in the latest issue of AD. Guest-edited by Tom Verebes, the issue includes work by Buro Happold, David Clovers, Arup, Gramazio Kohler, Rocker-Lange Architects, Michael Bell, Elena Manferdini, Neil Leach and interviews with Mark Burry and Kenneth Frampton & and many more.

Architectural Design (AD), Rocker Lange Architects, Tom Verebes, Christian J. Lange

Results of Smart Geometry workshop on display at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Christian J. Lange of Rocker-Lange Architects teamed up with Jason Carlow, Assistant Professor at HKU, Ramon van der Heijden and Alan Tai from Front Inc Hong Kong, and Gustav Fagerström from Buro Happold New York for this years Smart Geometry Conference in Hong Kong.

The results of the workshop entitled HK_SmarTowers were on display during the two day conference on July 18th & 19th at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The project that was developed during the four days looked at how data informs tower massing strategies, structure and organization. Addressing the issue of repetition, standardization, mass production and customization the project utilized intelligent digital design systems to arrive at a set of unique tower structures that were based on different figure ground strategies and ultimately built with a ready made system of kit of parts.

Thanks a lot to all Cluster Collaborators for the great work: Marco Juliani, Megan Ng, Oliver Thomas, Piotr Baszynski, Luca Maccarinelli, Binsun Hu, Amos Chan, Vincent Ip, Albert Lo, Riyad Joucka, Mariane de Souza, Alison Li, Xinliu Huang

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Rocker-Lange @ ICAMA 2013

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Christian J. Lange and Ingeborg M. Rocker will present their paper “Serial Architectures, Systems of Multiplicities and Adaptability” at the upcoming ICAMA 2013 conference. The international conference on Adaptation and Movement in Architecture will be held at Ryerson University, Toronto Canada during October 10-12 2013.
ICAMA_2013, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J Lange, Ingeborg Rocker,Ryerson University, Toronto Canada

For more information please visit: http://www.icama2013.com//

Rocker-Lange wins honorable mention

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Rocker-Lange Architects were awarded a honorable mention in the international design competition for a new bench design for the Kowloon East district in Hong Kong. The competition was held in conjunction with the 13th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, Hong Kong Response Exhibition.

Rocker Lange Architects, Urban Adapter HK 2.0, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg M. Rocker, urban furniture

The redevelopment of Kowloon East will have a diverse array of spatial conditions, from new, open public waterfront parks to tightly planned former industrial areas. Traditionally urban furniture consists of repeatable standardized elements while being installed in various conditions. The problem with repeatable elements is that they don’t adapt necessarily very well to the specificity of each site condition. The key concept of the “Urban Adapter HK 2.0” project is to establish a system that can address the explicit conditions of each site, and to blend each bench with a variety of programs. The specific design methodology and the computer aided construction and assembly process allows making every bench unique while creating a distinctive family of urban street furniture that creates a merging identity for Kowloon East.

This project with its unique user surfaces will have the capacity to place the user in a new position with the urban reality and its ecologies as much it may reposition the urban reality all together. Not only will it improve the quality of the public realm, it will also establish a new framework for use and for seeing and being seen in the urban streetscape of Kowloon East.

The material for this street furniture will be wooden slats making it a positive sustainable contribution. The finish of the bench is made of climbing rope or rubber band finish. Each bench will have a distinct color out of a specific color family making each bench identifiable. The wooden slats are CNC cut, making sure that each bench can be precisely assembled.

Ornament Today: Digital, Material, Stuctural

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Digital Ornament, Ingeborg Rocker, Rocker Lange Architects, Ornament Today: Digital, Material, Stuctural

Associate Professor Ingeborg M. Rocker publishes essay entitled “Calculated: formal excesses of digital ornaments,” as a chapter in Ornament Today: Digital, Material, Structural edited by J. H. Gleiter, Professor of architectural theory at the Technical University Berlin.

Rocker’s chapter is part of her ongoing research in the role of computation for the theorization and production of architecture. Rocker’s research of “digital ornament” began in 2009 with her paper “Computation in Command? Fading Flamboyant Architectural Aesthetics,” presented at the Harvard Design School’s Critical Digital Conference.

Her current contribution, “Calculated Excess,” contextualizes the development of ornament within shifts of production logics, from hand-crafted, to industrially produced, to digitally fabricated. Rocker marks the ambiguous terrain between the investigation of production techniques and the ornamental, while drawing parallels between the digital ornament of today and those of the past. Does the computation ability to facilely produce variation through the manipulation of code suggest considering ornament and architecture as a like set of endless differentiations? Or does it rather recommend looking at architecture and ornaments at the level of code itself?

For further details see:
Book:
J. H. Gleiter, editor. Ornament Today: Digital, Material, Structural. Bozen: Free University of Bozen Press, 2012.

Rocker-Lange Architects featured in Wall Street Journal Video “Architects Tackle Density in Hong Kong”

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Rocker Lange Architects have been recently featured in a video by the Wall Street Journal called “Architects Tackle Density in Hong Kong”

The creativity of architects and designers from around the world, applied to imagining a brighter, more efficient city, is on display at the Hong Kong architecture biennale. WSJ’s Diana Jou talks to chief curator Anderson Lee to get the scoop on some of the most fascinating projects.

Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong – HKSHZ Biennale 2012

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Rocker-Lange Architects are participating in this year’s Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale with their research project entitled “Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong”. The project will be on display until April 24th and is located in the Hong Kong Pavilion of the show.

Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker, Rethinking Hong Kong Tower Urbanism

Hong Kong’s cityscape is primarily shaped by the typology of the tower. While specifically in Hong Kong the tower is utilized as an extension of the urban programmatic user surface, the question of public space within this vertical urban fabric remains unaddressed.

Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, 2011, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker, Architecture, Rethinking Hong Kong Tower Urbanism


Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker, Cellular Automata Architecture, vertical urbanism

Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker, Cellular Automata Architecture, vertical urbanism

The research project “Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong” is the search for an alternative approach to think about open and public spaces in the context of the city. Instead of extruding the maximum boundary condition of a given site to determine the building mass, this model incorporates a ratio of open space in the design process.

Density Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, 2011, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker, Cellular Automata Architecture

 

Density Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, 2011, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker, Cellular Automata Architecture

At its core is a computational logic that calculates the amount of open space for each city plot. The rule-based model can adapt to different site and programmatic conditions and produces varying spaces and varying densities This approach offers the capacity to generate new forms of public space, semi public and private exterior and interior spaces.

Density Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker, Cellular Automata Architecture