SciArc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, is looking for a Robotics Lab Coordinator for their 1000sqft Robot House containing no less than six Staeubli robots. They are one of the leading institutions in the area of robots in architecture and are involved in several really exciting projects:
At the last Rob|Arch in Vienna, SciArc’s Jonathan Proto and Brandon Kruysman hosted a robot workshop with three cooperating Staeubli arms. The Phantom Geometry project developed within the Robot House gained wide media coverage and won the Gehry prize. See the SciArc’s Vimeo channel for more projects and videos.
We have updated KUKA|prc with a range of new features!
- KUKA KR125/2 robot has been added to the range of available robots
- LIN and PTP movements now accept also planes as input (right-click/Input Type)
- After the initial calculation, speed is much improved (up to 400%)
- Kinematic solver has been improved to more accurately reflect the robot’s internal solver
This version has been tested by members of the Association for Robots in Architecture for several weeks and should be stable for both Rhinoceros 4 and Rhinoceros 5 users. If you run into any problems, please do not hesitate to contact us!
The download also contains a brief tutorial to get you started with KUKA|prc. Download it from the KUKA|prc page.
Rob|Arch 2014 – Robotic Fabrication for Architecture, Art, and Design
Workshops: 14.-16.05.2014 / Conference: 17.-18.05.2014
Conference Chair: Wes Mcgee and Monica Ponce de Leon / University of Michigan
ROB|ARCH has been initiated by the Association for Robots in Architecture as a new conference series on the use of robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design, closely linking industry with cutting-edge research institutions. In December 2012 the conference was hosted by its founders in Vienna, Austria. In 2014 the conference travels to North America, hosted by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Continuing with the previous theme of international collaboration, the conference seeks to bring together artists, designers, fabricators, and industry leaders for the purpose of advancing the discourse surrounding robotic fabrication. Following on the success of ROB|ARCH 2012, the conference will again present a series of workshops held at select research institutions on the east coast of the United States, aimed at exposing the advanced capabilities of applied robotic research. Following the workshops, the conference will span two days at the University of Michigan Campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, about an hour outside of Detroit, the origin of robotics in North America. The internationally renowned publishing house Springer Wien/New York will publish and market the proceedings of the conference worldwide.
For the 2014 event, we are extending a call for workshop proposals. See call.robarch2014.org for more information.
15.4.2013 1st Call for Workshops
15.5.2013 2nd Call for Workshops
15.6.2013 Workshop Submission Deadline
01.7.2013 Workshop Notification
The robot team at IAAC, among them Gabriel-Bello Diaz and Alexandre Dubor who presented their paper on Magnetic Architecture at Rob|Arch 2012, are members of the Association for Robots in Architecture and using KUKA|prc for their robot courses. They have posted images and videos of their recent Machinic Conversations course at the IAAC Blog. We’re really thrilled what they did with KUKA|prc!
2013 is also shaping up to be a busy year for the Association for Robots in Architecture: At the end of January, we were invited by INA to hold a robot workshop at the Hochschule Trier in Germany, followed by a workshop for KUKA CEE‘s robot partners in Turkey in February. In March, Robots in Architecture held a lecture as part of the Computation Design an Architecture in Turkey conference in Istanbul, and a KUKA|prc workshop at the IEU’s department of architecture in Izmir, Turkey. Just last week, we had the pleasure to hold an evening lecture at Co-de-iT‘s and rese-arch‘s Digital Architecture Symposium, which was part of their CTRL.SHIFT workshop in Vienna.
The following events are upcoming:
25.4. – 26.4.: Lecture at the KUKA Idea Exchange in Upper Austria
14.5.: KUKA|prc workshop at CAADRIA 2013 in Singapore
1.7. – 2.7.: Robot workshop at CAAD Futures 2013 in Shanghai
In addition to the papers that were presented at Rob|Arch 2012 and published in the Rob|Arch book, the Association for Robots in Architecture sent out a call for video contributions to artists, researchers, students and companies world-wide. These impressive videos show the extremely wide range of robotic projects in the creative industry – from cutting-edge robotic milling, to new endeffectors, and even completely customized robots themselves.
At Rob|Arch 2012, the video contributions were shown at the conference venue to an audience of 250 international experts. It is now our pleasure to present the Rob|Arch 2012 video contributions to a worldwide audience.
Fabio D’Agnano has invited us for a lecture and workshop for the Master Architettura Digitale program at IUAV in Venice, Italy from April 26th to 27th. A KUKA Agilus robot is coming with us, possibly requiring heavy rowing from the gondoliere.
As part of this year’s CAADRIA conference, the Association for Robots in Architecture is hosting a one-day workshop “Introduction to KUKA|prc” in Singapore on May 14th. The workshop is offered free of charge to all conference attendees! Visit www.caadria2013.org for more information about the conference.
To sign up, please send an eMail directly to robots[at]robotsinarchitecture.org – we are looking forward to seeing you in Singapore!
We have updated KUKA|prc with a range of new features, including an entirely new interface for the Rhino 5 version, the brand new KUKA KR6 Agilus robot, and a new milling spindle, amongst others. The Rhino 4 version of KUKA|prc works with both Rhino 4 and 5, while the Rhino 5 version works exclusively with Rhino 5. Please note that there is a new licensing strategy for the Rhino 5 version, please contact us in case you run into any problems. The download contains KUKA|prc for Rhino 4 and 5 in separate directories.
Please download it from the KUKA|prc page.
Dear Rob|Arch2012 participants, authors, co-chairs and sponsors,
We hope that you had relaxing holidays and a good start into the New Year!
Rob|Arch 2012 was a great success and we thank you for your positive feedback and the good wishes for the future events. From what we have heard, Rob|Arch not only provided great inspiration, but also lead to quite a few new collaborations and projects within the community.
We have uploaded nearly 15mins of workshop videos at Vimeo and 360 photos both on Facebook and the conference homepage.
The video submissions and presentations will follow soon – we are still post-processing the huge data volume.
We would like to thank nevv.org for their support, our photographers Eugen, Raimund and Marko for a good documentation, and all people involved in the conference workshops for their hard work.
Finally, we want to introduce the new ROBARCH list, inspired by lists such as ECAADE and CAADRIA, which are of great use to the community. The new ROBARCH list will link together architects, artists, designers, and engineers involved in robotic fabrication and promote new events, posts interesting job openings etc. The first official ROBARCH eMail will go out soon, please let us know if you have anything to announce!
Have fun with the first part of the online RobArch2012 documentation and thank you all for having been part of RobArch2012!
With kind regards from Vienna!
Sigrid & Johannes
Robots in Architecture is on the road again with workshops in:
January 17-19 Istanbul, Turkey
January 21-24 Trier, Germany
April 25-28 Master I Architettura I Digitale I Iuav, Venice, Italy
July 1-5 CAADFUTURES, Tongji University, Shanghai China
Summer 2013: Robots in Architecture goes Down Under in Australia