New Construction Methods and Hybrid Tectonics: Robotics in Architecture

The development of computational design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) tools and technologies in the 21st century have encouraged architects, engineers and all related stakeholders to integrate the new computational tools and high level automation technologies to solve the problems in design and construction. Today, cutting edge technologies and innovative materials enable architects to follow a new process -designing the design processto optimize the conventional way of "design and fabrication". Similarly computational design and manufacturing technologies force architects to think about new construction methods. Especially with the integration of 3d printing technologies and robotics in to the fabrication process - like robotic drones, bricklaying robots, welding robots, exoskeletons, forklift robots, humanoids etc.- traditional construction materials should have been reconsidered in terms of assemblage and related connection details. In this context, various design fabrication methods and automated construction techniques have been investigated and hybrid tectonics have emerged. Tectonics for concrete, steel, wood, stone and brickwork are not the ones we used to build in the recent past. In this regard, this paper discusses and exemplifies computational manufacturing techniques and hybrid tectonics with an emphasis on robotics used in architecture after setting the theoretical background. Selected case studies clearly shows that although their infant years in architecture, robotics can be used in construction sector widely in the near future.
International Conference on Civil Environmental Engineering (ICOCEE-Cappadocia)


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H. B. Bostancı Sabur, “New Construction Methods and Hybrid Tectonics: Robotics in Architecture,” presented at the International Conference on Civil Environmental Engineering (ICOCEE-Cappadocia), Nevşehir, Türkiye, 2017, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: