Posts Tagged ‘University of Hong Kong’

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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/

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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.

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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.

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robotic intervention midterm 2016, Christian Lange

Robotic Fabrication Studio The University of Hong Kong

Architecture Studio: Shanghai 2011

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Christian J. Lange of Rocker-Lange Architects and Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong is co- coordinating for the second time an International Summer School at The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture Study Centre in Shanghai, China.

Architecture Studio Shanghai is a three-week program held at The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture Study Centre in Shanghai. Taught by professors from The University of Hong Kong, as well as architects and scholars from Shanghai, the course offers participants a design studio experience within Asia’s most vibrant and fastest growing city. A fundamental element of the course is to introduce students to architectural issues and design practices, in contemporary China. The studio topic is embedded in the context of Shanghai and addresses contemporary issues in architecture and urbanism.

The structure of the studio course is coordinated around a design project accompanied by short lecture courses covering issues in Chinese architectural history, architectural theory and computational technology.  The program is taught in English.  The HKU Study Centre provides state-of-the-art studio space in the heart of Shanghai. Field trips to significant architectural sites and visits to local and international design firms will provide participants with a broad view of contemporary Chinese culture, architecture and urbanism.  Students work closely with the teaching staff, using the dynamic city of Shanghai as a context for understanding architecture’s role in the built environment.

Dates:
The program will take place at the Shanghai Study Centre from June 12 to July 1, 2011. Students should arrive no later than June 11.

Enrollment:
Applicants who are interested to enroll should have completed at least two undergraduate or graduate level design studios in, or be a recent graduate of, an accredited school of architecture. Enrollment is limited. The comprehensive course is designed to augment participants’ architectural studies at home with a rigorous international experience.

Fees:
The registration fee for the summer program is US$2,950. The early registration fee is US$2,700.  Fees cover the cost of the program in Shanghai (field trips, admissions, etc). Fees do not include flights or accommodation. Accommodation can be arranged at a reasonably priced hotel adjacent to the Shanghai Study Centre.

Registration:
Deadline for registration and payment is June 1, 2011. The early registration payment deadline is May 1, 2011. Online registration is required.
Please go to http://fac.arch.hku.hk/summer/sh/as for details and forms.
Questions may be sent via email to: asprog@arch.hku.hk

Architecture Studio: Shanghai

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Architecture Studio: Shanghai, International Summer Program in Architecture in China 2010.

Christian J. Lange of Rocker-Lange Architects and Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong is co- coordinating an International Summer School in Architecture at The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture Study Centre in Shanghai, China.


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Architecture Studio Shanghai is a three-week program held at The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture Study Centre, at the center of Shanghai. Taught by professors from The University of Hong Kong, as well as architects and scholars from Shanghai, the course offers participants a design studio experience within Asia’s most vibrant and fastest growing city. A fundamental element of the course is to introduce students to architectural issues and design practices, in contemporary China. The studio topic is embedded in the context of Shanghai and addresses contemporary issues in architecture and urbanism.

The structure of the workshop is coordinated around a studio-based core accompanied by short lecture courses covering issues in Chinese architectural history, architectural theory and computational technology. The program is taught in English. The HKU Study Centre provides state-of-the-art studio space in the heart of Shanghai. Field trips to significant architectural sites and visits to local and international design firms will provide participants with a broad view of contemporary Chinese culture, architecture and urbanism. Students work closely with the teaching staff, using the dynamic city of Shanghai as a context for understanding architecture’s role in the built environment.

Dates:
The program will take place at the Shanghai Study Centre from June 14 to July 2, 2010. Students should arrive no later than June 13.

Expo 2010 Shanghai:
The program will run in parallel with the 2010 World Exposition in Shanghai, forecast to be the largest in history. Participating students will have special access to the Expo through guided tours, lectures and presentations by international architects responsible for several structures and pavilions.

Enrollment:
Applicants who are interested to enroll should have completed at least two undergraduate or graduate level design studios in, or be a recent graduate of, an accredited school of architecture. Enrollment is limited to 50 students. The comprehensive course is designed to augment participants’ architectural studies at home with a rigorous international experience. This is a university level course and The University of Hong Kong will assist participants to transfer college credits to their home university.

Tuition:
The fee for the summer program is US$3,000, covering the cost of the program in Shanghai (field trips, admissions, etc). It does not include flights or accommodation. Accommodation can be arranged for additional costs at a reasonably priced four-star hotel adjacent to the Shanghai Study Centre.

Program Coordinators:
Christian J. Lange
Jason F. Carlow

Location:
Shanghai Study Centre
2/F, 298 North Suzhou Road,
Hong Kou District, Shanghai, China

Registration:
Deadline for registration is June 1, 2010. Online registration is required.
For details and forms, please go to http://fac.arch.hku.hk/summer/sh/a
Questions may be sent via email to: asprog@arch.hku.hk

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Hong Kong Echoes at the 8th International Biennale of Architecture in São Paulo, Brazil

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Hong Kong Echoes at the 8th International Biennale of Architecture in São Paulo, Brazil, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J LangeChristian J. Lange of Rocker-Lange Architects and Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong recently curated the presentation of the Department of Architecture of The University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Architecture at the 8th International Biennale of Architecture in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The show called Hong Kong Echoes included a broad selection of work pursued in design studios and seminars at HKU during the 2008-09 academic year.
Hong Kong Echoes at the 8th International Biennale of Architecture in São Paulo, Brazil, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J Lange Addressing the topic of Urban Echoes: Spatiality, Connectivity, Originality, Sustainability, the nine contributions demonstrate an intense investment into contemporary methedologies and discourses related to urbanism and architecture. The various components of this experimental body of work ranged from design research on technique-driven exercises in computation and fabrication, research in global urban history and theory, and region-specific urbanism and architecture, emphasised in studios and seminars at HKU.
Hong Kong Echoes at the 8th International Biennale of Architecture in São Paulo, Brazil, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J Lange