Currently being featured at the Sir John Soane’s museum from 5 Dec 2018 to 03 Feb 2019.
A live installation of a prototype cable construction robot, developed by architects Mamou-Mani, explores the future of building construction.
Building on the ‘spider cams’ of sports stadia and pick-and-place technology, the Polibot, a prototype construction robot, will be installed in Sir John Soane’s Museum, offering a glimpse of the exciting future of building construction. The Polibot will progressively construct and then deconstruct Soane’s designs for the dome from the Bank of England, using architectural drawings translated into lines of code.
The installation will be supported by an exhibition in the Exhibition Galleries that explores the development of the project and Soane’s own experimentation with innovative new technology.
Simultaneously looking back and looking forward, the project offers a powerful showcase of the potential of this new technology, which looks set to transform how architecture is designed and understood.
The Polibot will run Wednesday to Sunday, 10 – 4.30pm
Polibot Closed Days
Sat 22, Sun 23 December
Sat 29, Sun 30th December
Wednesday 7th – Sun 11 January (Closed week)
We believe that the future of construction will be in robotic technologies. This revolution in the way we make buildings will impact not only how we design but how we think. Our intention is to anticipate this inevitable shift and lead the way towards a positive robotic age with ARUP.
An age in which Robotic technology is simple, affordable, environmental and connected to our ancestral knowledge of materials. An age in which the architects, engineers and contractors will work more closely together, bringing back the golden age of master builders. Current architectural robotics are based on decade old robotic arm used for the car industry, they scale with difficulties and are very expensive. Building up on the open-source movement, we propose to create a new kind of cable construction robot, working at an unprecedented scale, merging stadium spidercams with the delta pick and place open-source technologies. It will construct and deconstruct eight towers over the course of 16 weeks, demonstrating the cyclical nature of the building process and how demolition can be anticipated in the spirit of our new circular economy.
We will organise a week of seminars on the future of construction at ARUP followed by a digital fabrication workshop in which we will choose 4 designs from ARUP’s team to build with our machine. The DNA of Making will not be a sculpture in an atrium, but an attempt to lead the way in a rapidly changing world.
Let’s redefine our understanding of construction and lead robotics in the right way, helping the environment and making it affordable and open-source. Let’s make our thoughts and files travel the world at light-speed towards cheap and practical machines distributed in every country, including the impoverished communities –
Let’s change the world together.
CURRENTLY AT JOHN SOANE MUSEUM
PREVIOUSLY AT WIRED & ARUP HQ
SIR JOHN SOANE, WIRED, ARUP
Ping Hsiang Chen
Maialen Calleja, Aditya Bhosle, Ayham Kabbani, Peng Qin, Mu Li, Ewan Lam, Jiahao Syu, Frank Quek, Aishe Kokoshi
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