Pioneers of the Next Generation Sustainability Strategies in the Built Environments: Robotics in Architecture

Bostancı Sabur, Hafize Büşra
Selçuk, Semra Arslan
The discussions on “sustainability in architecture” that shapes policies and practices by seeking less footprints in the ecosystem, and “computational technologies” that forces all design disciplines re- think each phase from initial design to end product as well as in the realm of architecture are two important subjects of this century. Environmental problems have become a reality that should be discussed at many levels and the solutions are being tried to be produced. Factors such as increase in population started with the industrial revolution, the problem of unplanned urbanization and increasing level of comfort expected from the built environments let misuse of natural resources, the release of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and then ecosystem faced with serious environmental problems. In this context, the relationship with the natural environment should be questioned and reconstructed. Undoubtedly, the discipline of architecture that is one of the most active actors in the built environment, plays an important role in reconstructing this interaction. In this regard, sustainability has been an important area of research in architecture as well as in many disciplines, and significant amounts of budget and time have been used by investors/researchers to shape and initiate initiatives in this area. As digital technologies become part of design in different levels, many fields such as complex algorithms, simulation software, nanotechnology, genetics, robotics and computer technology, which are rapidly evolving do not only change the design thinking and design process in the field of architecture but also can be applied to other fields such as production, operation, use, maintenance/repair, and has the potential to create a new system. The use of robots - as they are in all manufacturing industries - is seen as one of the developments in the architectural world as revolution. Robotic arms can perform operations far beyond traditional CAD-CAM processes. They provide opportunities to produce complex forms and lead to the definition of new production processes. It is possible to say that robotization has become inevitable in when productivity, standardization and quality are important in production. In this context, this paper focuses on industrial robots among “computer-controlled production machines”. In addition to the possibility that robots can produce “complex” forms, the concept of “craftsmanship” which is one of the most important consequences of transformation in the field of architecture has been discussed. Furthermore, the high performance demonstrated in the architectural constructions regarding sustainability (the use of recycled materials and construction wastes as raw materials, rapid and precise production, minimum waste etc.) has been examined. In this study, where the answers of the question have been searched for whether the usage of robotics in architecture could be the pioneers of the change for sustainable built environments? It is seen that the paradigmatic transition and transformation that has taken place has also bringing a new era in the field of architecture
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H. B. Bostancı Sabur and S. A. Selçuk, “Pioneers of the Next Generation Sustainability Strategies in the Built Environments: Robotics in Architecture,” pp. 16–26, 2019, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: