Architectural Association London

ARACHN[OL]OIDS Robot Prototype research conducted at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (2011-13) addresses the relationship between technology, architecture and mathematics by revisiting research of Elementarism in the 1920s and its cybernetic reinterpretations of the 1960s. Within this framework, innovative concepts of the early-twentieth century geometric Elementarism are considered in which common scientific knowledge materialised. The complexity is created from the strategy on elements, their repetition, arithmetisation, simulation, approximation and exactness. By reconsidering Elementarism, the research is related to the universality of Turing Machine and universal materials. Research attempts to fill the gap between computational technology and the existing techniques of production. Robot prototype for fabrication is achieved with kinematics of kaleidocycle geometry. By unlocking the cube into threefold volumetric division, the kaleidocycle and two kinematic sets with different behavior are obtained. Spatial analysis and patterning of the kaleidocycle area are used as a strategy for fabrication. The modular assembly creates three dimensional ruled surfaces during its geometric inversion, which are woven by a multiphase weaving mechanisms implanted within the machine. The project proposes a new advanced robot fabrication that inherits oversight over design concept, material development and construction. 

Philippe Morel Studio (XtreeE, EZCT Architecture & Design Research)                                                                                                                             Architectural Association London                                                                                                        

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Project credits © ARACHN[OL]OIDS: Melika Aljukic, Margarita De Brujin, Sreerag Palangat Veetil, Carles Sala Roig, 2011-2013.