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Additive robotic fabrication of complex timber structures

Volker Helm

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Volker Helm specialised in computer aided architectural design at ETH Zürich after successfully completing his studies in architecture at the University of Siegen (Germany). He subsequently worked for six years at the Herzog & de Meuron architectural office in Basel, specialising in the development, programming and realisation of complex geometries. Since 2010, Volker Helm has been working with Professor Fabio Gramazio and Professor Matthias Kohler as a research associate at ETH Zürich. Since 2013 he has been responsible for coordinating the research of the group. In 2015, he completed his doctoral degree which focuses on potentials of on-site robotic construction, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Georg Trogemann (Academy of Media Arts in Cologne) and Prof. Matthias Kohler (Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zürich). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Michael Knauss

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Michael Knauss is an architect and researcher based in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied architecture at the ETH Zürich and the University of Stuttgart where he graduated in 2007. Michael gained professional experience in the offices of UNStudio (Amsterdam) and LAVA (Stuttgart). He is a founding partner of the architectural practice ROK – Rippmann Oesterle Knauss GmbH. As researcher and project leader at Gramazio & Kohler Research, ETH Zürich, he focused on additive robotic timber construction. He was responsible for the development of the ‘Sequential Roof ’ and the NRP66 research project ‘Additive Robotic Fabrication of Complex Timber Structures’. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Thomas Kohlhammer

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Thomas Kohlhammer graduated first in civil engineering (2000) and afterwards in architecture (2004), both at the University of Stuttgart. Simultaneously he collaborates in several research projects at the University of Stuttgart. As of 2000 he gained practical experience in architecture and civil engineering offices in Stuttgart and Zurich. From 2005 to 2009 he worked as research and teaching assistant at the Chair of Structural Design, ETH Zürich. From 2009 to 2013 he did a PHD at the ETH Zürich (Prof. Dr. Joseph Schwartz). Since 2009 he has a lectureship in Structural Design at the Department of Architecture at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Since 2013 he has his own architecture office and works additionally as research fellow at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication (Prof. Fabio Gramazio, Prof. Matthias Kohler), ETH Zürich. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fabio Gramazio

Fabio Gramazio is an architect with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from computational design and robotic fabrication to material innovation. In 2000, he founded the architecture practice Gramazio Kohler Architects in conjunction with his partner Matthias Kohler, where numerous award-wining designs have been realised. Opening also the world’s first architectural robotic laboratory at ETH Zürich, Fabio Gramazio’s and Matthias Kohler’s research has been formative in the field of digital architecture, setting precedence and de facto creating a new research field, merging advanced architectural design and additive fabrication processes through the customised use of industrial robots. This ranges from 1:1 prototype installations to the design of robotically fabricated high-rises. His work has been published in many journals, books and media, and was first documented in the book Digital Materiality in Architecture (2008). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Matthias Kohler

Matthias Kohler is an architect with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from computational design and robotic fabrication to material innovation. In 2000, he founded the architecture practice Gramazio Kohler Architects in conjunction with his partner Fabio Gramazio, where numerous award-wining designs have been realised. Opening also the world’s first architectural robotic laboratory at ETH Zürich, Matthias Kohler’s research has been formative in the field of digital architecture, setting precedence and de facto creating a new research field merging advanced architectural design and additive fabrication processes through the customised use of industrial robots. Since 2014, Matthias Kohler is also director of the new National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Advancing Wood Architecture : A computational approach

Routledge, 2017

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Integral joints for timber folded plate structures

Christopher Robeller

Christopher Robeller is an architect and postdoctoral researcher at the Timber Construction Laboratory IBOIS at EPFL Lausanne. Christopher received his architecture diploma with distinction from London Metropolitan University in 2008 and worked at the Institute for Computational Design, Stuttgart from 2008–2010, where he developed integral timber plate joints for the awardwinning ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2010. Since 2011 he has been working at IBOIS and received a doctoral degree from EPFL in 2015 for his thesis entitled ‘Integral Mechanical Attachment for Timber Folded Plate Structures’. His research was published in journals and conferences such as Bauingenieur, ACADIA, RobArch and AAG, where he received the Best Paper Award 2014. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Yves Weinand

Yves Weinand is an architect and structural engineer and founder of the Bureau d’Études Weinand in Liège/Belgium. He is currently working on the ice rink in Liège and the parliament building in Lausanne, where timber is used as the structural component. Since 2004 he has been Professor and Head of IBOIS Laboratory for timber constructions at the EPFL. Here he directs an interdisciplinary group of architects, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists who perform research work in the fields of timber rib shells, folded timber plate structures and woven timber structures. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Advancing Wood Architecture : A computational approach

Routledge, 2017

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New paradigms of the automatic

Jan Willmann

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Jan Willmann is Senior Research Assistant at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zürich. He studied architecture in Liechtenstein, Oxford and Innsbruck where he received his PhD degree in 2010. Previously, from 2007 to 2010, he was a research assistant and lecturer at the Chair of Architectural Theory of Professor Ir. Bart Lootsma and gained professional experience in numerous architectural offices as an architect and consultant. He co-founded the platform Architekturtheorie.eu and participated in a number of international research and exhibition projects His research focuses on digital architecture and its theoretical implications as a composed computational and material score. As such, he has lectured internationally at various universities and published extensively, including The Robotic Touch – How Robots Change Architecture (2014), the first anthology of robots in architecture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fabio Gramazio

Fabio Gramazio is an architect with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from computational design and robotic fabrication to material innovation. In 2000, he founded the architecture practice Gramazio Kohler Architects in conjunction with his partner Matthias Kohler, where numerous award-wining designs have been realised. Opening also the world’s first architectural robotic laboratory at ETH Zürich, Fabio Gramazio’s and Matthias Kohler’s research has been formative in the field of digital architecture, setting precedence and de facto creating a new research field, merging advanced architectural design and additive fabrication processes through the customised use of industrial robots. This ranges from 1:1 prototype installations to the design of robotically fabricated high-rises. His work has been published in many journals, books and media, and was first documented in the book Digital Materiality in Architecture (2008). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Matthias Kohler

Matthias Kohler is an architect with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from computational design and robotic fabrication to material innovation. In 2000, he founded the architecture practice Gramazio Kohler Architects in conjunction with his partner Fabio Gramazio, where numerous award-wining designs have been realised. Opening also the world’s first architectural robotic laboratory at ETH Zürich, Matthias Kohler’s research has been formative in the field of digital architecture, setting precedence and de facto creating a new research field merging advanced architectural design and additive fabrication processes through the customised use of industrial robots. Since 2014, Matthias Kohler is also director of the new National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Advancing Wood Architecture : A computational approach

Routledge, 2017

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Timber fabric structures

Yves Weinand

Yves Weinand is an architect and structural engineer and founder of the Bureau d’Études Weinand in Liège/Belgium. He is currently working on the ice rink in Liège and the parliament building in Lausanne, where timber is used as the structural component. Since 2004 he has been Professor and Head of IBOIS Laboratory for timber constructions at the EPFL. Here he directs an interdisciplinary group of architects, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists who perform research work in the fields of timber rib shells, folded timber plate structures and woven timber structures. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Advancing Wood Architecture : A computational approach

Routledge, 2017

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The Sequential Roof

Aleksandra Anna Apolinarska

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Aleksandra Anna Apolinarska is a researcher at Gramazio Kohler Research at the ETH Zürich. After graduating in Architecture from Poznan University of Technology and University of Stuttgart, she worked for various architectural offices across Europe, including Foster+Partners, designtoproduction, LAVA and UNStudio, specialising in computational design of complex geometries. Since 2013 Aleksandra Anna Apolinarska is responsible for the development of the ‘Sequential Roof ’ project. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Michael Knauss

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Michael Knauss is an architect and researcher based in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied architecture at the ETH Zürich and the University of Stuttgart where he graduated in 2007. Michael gained professional experience in the offices of UNStudio (Amsterdam) and LAVA (Stuttgart). He is a founding partner of the architectural practice ROK – Rippmann Oesterle Knauss GmbH. As researcher and project leader at Gramazio & Kohler Research, ETH Zürich, he focused on additive robotic timber construction. He was responsible for the development of the ‘Sequential Roof ’ and the NRP66 research project ‘Additive Robotic Fabrication of Complex Timber Structures’. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fabio Gramazio

Fabio Gramazio is an architect with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from computational design and robotic fabrication to material innovation. In 2000, he founded the architecture practice Gramazio Kohler Architects in conjunction with his partner Matthias Kohler, where numerous award-wining designs have been realised. Opening also the world’s first architectural robotic laboratory at ETH Zürich, Fabio Gramazio’s and Matthias Kohler’s research has been formative in the field of digital architecture, setting precedence and de facto creating a new research field, merging advanced architectural design and additive fabrication processes through the customised use of industrial robots. This ranges from 1:1 prototype installations to the design of robotically fabricated high-rises. His work has been published in many journals, books and media, and was first documented in the book Digital Materiality in Architecture (2008). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Matthias Kohler

Matthias Kohler is an architect with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from computational design and robotic fabrication to material innovation. In 2000, he founded the architecture practice Gramazio Kohler Architects in conjunction with his partner Fabio Gramazio, where numerous award-wining designs have been realised. Opening also the world’s first architectural robotic laboratory at ETH Zürich, Matthias Kohler’s research has been formative in the field of digital architecture, setting precedence and de facto creating a new research field merging advanced architectural design and additive fabrication processes through the customised use of industrial robots. Since 2014, Matthias Kohler is also director of the new National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Advancing Wood Architecture : A computational approach

Routledge, 2017

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A hybrid simulation workflow for timber fabric structures

Sina Nabaei

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Sina Nabaei is a structural engineer and graduated from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées Paris. From 2007–2009, he contributed to the structural design of glass canopies of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. In 2014, he completed his PhD on form-finding of timber fabric structures at the École polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where he explored computational approaches to deal with the nonlinear equilibrium of elastic interlaced panels. His field of expertise is on complex geometry, form-active structures and Bridge/Infrastructure engineering. He is currently working at BG Consulting Engineers Lausanne. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Olivier Baverel

Oliver David Krieg is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart. With the completion of his Diploma degree in 2012 he also received the faculty’s Diploma Price. Prior to that, he was working as a Graduate Assistant at the institute’s robotic prototype laboratory since the beginning of 2010. With a profound interest in computational design processes and digital fabrication in architecture, he participated in several award winning and internationally published research projects. In the context of computational design his research aims to investigate the architectural potentials of robotic fabrication in wood construction. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Yves Weinand

Yves Weinand is an architect and structural engineer and founder of the Bureau d’Études Weinand in Liège/Belgium. He is currently working on the ice rink in Liège and the parliament building in Lausanne, where timber is used as the structural component. Since 2004 he has been Professor and Head of IBOIS Laboratory for timber constructions at the EPFL. Here he directs an interdisciplinary group of architects, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists who perform research work in the fields of timber rib shells, folded timber plate structures and woven timber structures. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Advancing Wood Architecture : A computational approach

Routledge, 2017

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Gramazio & Kohler

Performalism : Form and Performance in Digital Architecture

Routledge, 2012

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Surface and edge: Gigon/Guyer

Fiona McLachlan

Fiona McLachlan is Professor of Architectural Practice and head of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) at the University of Edinburgh, and is a practising architect. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Architectural Colour in the Professional Palette

Routledge, 2012

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Mica Urban Picturesque, Geneva, Switzerland

Masterplanning the Adaptive City : Computational Urbanism in the Twenty-First Century

Routledge, 2014

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The Art Of The Well-Tempered Lecture

The Banham Lectures : Essays on Designing the Future

Berg, 2009

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...According to a reported account in the Journal of the American Institute of Architects, published in January 1925, the architect Le Corbusier began his lectures in 1924 by projecting 100 glass transparencies, divided into five sequences...