Posts Tagged ‘Robotics’

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 Pavilion recently featured on Dezeen

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

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

Ceramic Constellation Pavilion

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

I am very happy to share the recent outcome of our spring activities in the Robotic Fabrication Lab at HKU. The project entitled “Ceramic Constellation Pavilion – Spatial shifts through robotically fabricated terracotta bricks” represents the first research work in the newly formed collaboration between Sino Group and the Robotic Fabrication Lab.

Robotic Architecture, Hong Kong, Rocker Lange Architects, China, 3d printed ceramic architecture, brick facade

The Pavilion, which was guided by Christian J. Lange, Donn Holohan and Holger Kehne was built by students utilizing robotic technology. The research initiative that supports arts, cultures, and technology is intended to foster cultural awareness of new technologies for the built environment.

In a context that has been largely shaped by standardization and mass production, the project seeks to overcome the constraints of today’s architectural production through the introduction of a structure made entirely of non-standard components.

Ceramic Constellation Pavilion, HKU Urban Lab, clay robotics, robotic clay, 3d printed bricks, robotically manufactured teracotta bricks, 3d printed ceramics, Rocker Lange Architects

This inaugural workshop of the “Sino Group Robotic Architecture Series” utilized terracotta clay to test the possibilities and limits within robotic fabrication and to revitalize a material system that has a significant tradition in Asia.

robotically manufactured bricks, Christian J. Lange, The University of Hong Kong, Robotic Fabrication LAB, 3d printed ceramics, brick facade

Departing from traditional brick bonds, the 3.8m tall project articulates a load-bearing composite structure with timber – where each of the nearly 2000 3d printed terracotta bricks is unique and different, enabling varying degrees of transparency, morphological shifts, and new experiences.

robots in architecture, HKUrban Lab, 3d printed clay

Around 700 kg of raw terracotta clay was printed over a period of 3 weeks into individual bricks that were then fired at 1025 degrees Celsius. With 2-3 minutes average printing time for each brick, the pavilion is one of the first of its kind in the world that incorporates this specific material system.

robots in architecture, China, Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong

All components were fabricated with the equipment in the newly fitted Robotics Lab at HKU’s Faculty of Architecture and assembled during a ten-day workshop by students from the Department of Architecture.

The project was recently on show in the North Atrium of Olympian City, West Kowloon and will find its new home soon on the campus of the University of Hong Kong.

Ceramic Constellation Pavilion, teracotta architecture

Ceramic Constellation Pavilion, clay robotics, 3d printed bricks, robotically manufactured teracotta bricks

Ceramic Constellation Pavilion, Christian J. Lange, The University of Hong Kong, Robotic Fabrication LAB

robotically fabricated terracotta bricks

Ceramic Constellation Pavilion, clay robotics, 3d printed bricks, robotically manufactured teracotta bricks, ceramic architecture


Credits:
Project Leaders: Christian J. Lange, Donn Holohan, Holger Kehne


Research Assistants: Tony Lau, Anthony Hu, Teego Ma Jun Yin, Ernest Hung Chi Lok, Chau Chi Wang, Ren Depei, Mono Tung, He Qiye, Henry Ho Yu Hong

Workshop students: Go Yi, Sisay Sombo, Cheung Hoi Ching, Cheung King Man, Cheung Pak Yin, Ho Pui Lun, Verena Leung, Sharon So Cheuk Ying, Xu Junjie, Zhao Jinglun, Sampson Ip Cheuk Sum, Tan Shaoying, Yeung Tsz Wing

Funding: Sino Group

Structural engineers: Goman Ho &amp, Alfred Fong – Ove Arup Partners Hong Kong Ltd

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

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The robots are taking over … and building Hong Kong’s future

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Very happy to be included in a recent article on robotics in architecture in the South China Morning Post. The article discusses the current outlook of this technology in Hong Kong and was written by Ernest Kao. It’s actually a very good read. Enjoy!

For online version of the text please visit:
http://www.scmp.com/

Christian Lange, Rocker Lange Architects, Faculty of Architecture, HKU, The University of Hong Kong, Robotic Architecture, SCMP, Robots in Architecture

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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Final outcomes of Fall M.Arch I studio @ HKU

Friday, January 6th, 2017

At last, we can show some photos of the final outcomes of the latest studio taught by Christian J. Lange at The University of Hong Kong. The M.Arch I studio entitled “Elements: Robotic Interventions 0.2 – Towards new territories in Architecture” had two main objectives. On the one hand it was a hands-on investigation on how we as architects can generate new technologies, material systems and craftsmanship with the aid of the robot, and on the other hand, the studio looked in how we can apply those for the development of architectural elements such as the column the roof and the wall.

Students eventually built three medium scale prototypes that were based on three different traditional timber construction techniques. The first being the “Dou Gong” bracketing system, which usually is the structural network that joins columns to the frame of the roof in traditional Chinese architecture. The second being the reciprocal frame structures that can be found in the timber woven-arch bridges in the Fujian and Zhejiang provinces. And the third being the “Luban Lock” or the so-called “Chidori system” a design concept derived from old Japanese/ Chinese toys, and that elegantly produces a six-legged hidden joint.

elements, robotic intervention, The University of Hong Kong, Architecture, robotic fabrication, Dou Gong, Christian Lange

Dougong, robotic architecture, China

weaving bridge,timber woven arch bridge, china, reciprocal structure, robotic fabrication, Christian J. Lange

reciprocal frame, architecture, timber woven arch bridge, Hong Kong

Luban Lock, Chidori  system, robotics, Hong Kong, Architecture

Luban Lock, Chidori  system, robotics, Hong Kong, Architecture, Christian Lange

credits:

supervisor:
Christian J. Lange

students:

Chau Chi Wang
Hu Zhihao
Hung Chi Lok Ernest
Lau Siu Yan
Ma Jun Yin
Ma Ki Ho
Ng Ka Chun
Ng Ka Lam
Ren Depei
Wong Siu Shan
Yan Ming
Zhou Zhengmian

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, Donn Holohan

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

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

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, Donn Holohan, 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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