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Rob|Arch 2014 Wrap-Up

Rob|Arch 2014 was a GREAT success, we want to thank the conference chairs Wes McGee and Monica Ponce de Leon from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, as well as their entire team, especially Deniz McGee and Aaron Willette for hosting such a perfect conference. We also want to thank our more than 200 (!!!) attendees from all around the world, especially those who actively contributed workshops and papers to the Rob|Arch community. Finally our thanks go out to our industry partners – main conference sponsor KUKA, main workshop sponsors ABB, as well as Stäubli and Schunk.


The hard-working workshop-teams were held awake on the 14th and 15th by our media partner Red Bull‘s “Wing Teams” who distributed all flavors of Red Bull, while event partner Absolut really spiced up the exhibition evening-event on the 18th by providing 50 bottles of Absolut and a “Absolut Robots in Architecture” cocktail that was specially created by the award-winning barkeeper Lukas Hochmuth. As you can see, Rob|Arch 2014 had both hands-on and theory, industry and academia, makers and enterprises, scientific conference and party.

We hope to see many of you again in 2016!!!

Photo Galleries

Tagboard – A social media collection of over 250 posts including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Rob|Arch 2014 Conference Gallery – 565 photos by the Taubman College

Rob|Arch 2014 Workshop Gallery – 116 photos by the Association for Robots in Architecture

Robots in Architecture Facebook – many images were posted directly to our Facebook page

Looking Back

Less than two years ago, in December 2012, the Association for Robots in Architecture hosted the first international conference for robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design. Initially conceptualized as a medium-sized symposium, it became a full-sized conference with 8 conference workshops distributed throughout Europe, with many European institutions hosting US universities such as Harvard doing a workshop at TU Graz, the Taubman College partnering up with TU Delft, and SciArc’s team coming to TU Vienna’s facilities. As such, the idea was to turn that around for Rob|Arch 2014, with the conference taking part in the US and hosting workshops from abroad. Already at Rob|Arch 2012, Wes McGee of the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning expressed interest in hosting the next conference in Ann Arbor. As the world’s largest “architectural” robotic lab, the Taubman College was a logical choice, and we were delighted when Dean Monica Ponce De Leon joined the effort as conference chair alongside Wes, showing the significance of the conference topic, not just for Taubman College but also the architectural community.

When the Call for Workshops went out to academic institutions worldwide there was again a great international resonance from the community, with Carnegie Mellon University joining as workshop host. Finally, eight robot workshops were selected for Rob|Arch 2014, with the Taubman College hosting 4 workshops: a joint workshop on steel-bending with the University of Technology Sydney, a carbon-fibre winding workshop by the University of Stuttgart, a workshop involving sensors and Arduinos by IAAC, and finally a special workshop by Bot & Dolly, who showed some of the programming approaches that were used in projects such as the Oscar-awarded movie Gravity.

KUKA robot workshops hosted at the Taubman College, Ann Arbor

At CMU, three workshops took place: Steambending of wood was explored by CMU, while the University of Innsbruck and Harvard GSD explored phase-change materials. Harvard GSD also teamed up for another workshop with the Graz University of Technology and interfaced a Kinect sensor with an ABB robot. The eight workshop took place not too far at Princeton, where Princeton University and Greyshed worked with Augmented Materiality.

Augmented Materiality Workshop at Princeton using an ABB IRB7600 robot

Informal Material Formation by MaPS Harvard GSD and ITE TU Graz

PhaseChange Workshop by University of Innsbruck, Harvard GSD, and Virginia Tech

Rob|Arch 2014 Awards


The Rob|Arch community is now reaching a level of maturity where we can look back and see who really influenced the course of things, as well as whom we expect to significantly shape the future of robotic fabrication in architecture, art and design. To honour these individuals as well as company, the Association for Robots in Architecture established a series of awards that were handed out at the Rob|Arch 2014 conference dinner.

Gramazio & Kohler | Pioneering Achievement Award

for establishing a new field of research


Achim Menges | Pioneering Research Award

for the first robotically fabricated building


Daniel Piker | Community Contribution Award

for providing important tools and new concepts to the community


Stu Shepherd | Pioneering Industry Award

recognizing KUKA for their support of the creative industry


Through our sponsors KUKA and ABB, we were also able to award the best paper by a young researcher through the KUKA Young Potential Award, and to support students and individual researchers through the ABB Mobility Grant.



The KUKA Young Potential Award for the best scientific paper at Rob|Arch 2014 went to Ammar Kalo and Michael Jake Newsum of the University of Michigan and SciArc for their paper Robotic Incremental Sheet Forming.


Altogether, three ABB Mobility Grants were awarded. We congratulate Nikita Troufanov of SciArc, Alexander Walz, Pedja Gavrilovic, Maximilian Seiferlein, and Beatrice Huff of the University of Innsbruck, and Ahmed Hosny, Jared Friedman, and Amanda Lee of Harvard.

Call for Videos

As part of Rob|Arch, we sent out a Call for Videos to encourage submissions from artists and designers, as well as to give paper submissions the chance to illustrate their projects. More than 20 videos were accepted and shown at both the conference venue as well as at the evening event, where they were met with great interested. They will stay to be available online through the Association for Robots in Architecture’s Vimeo channel. Since Rob|Arch 2014 the videos have been accessed online more than 90.000 times!

Future Benefits

Of course, a conference is not only about showing ones work to the community, but about networking, setting up business deals, and finding new collaborators or employees. As such we were very happy that the range of attendees included CEOs of large robot manufacturers, representatives of several large industry players, and even organizations such as the Robotic Industries Association and the Association for Advancing Automation. We were especially thrilled about the number of startups, makers, and individual artists who either have already bought robots or are looking to invest in robotic technology.

One of the best indications of the success of Rob|Arch may be that three of four demo robots that were set up at Taubman College were sold “on the spot”, in addition to many other sales that will be finalized in the coming months. Many job opening were also promoted, especially by ICD Stuttgart and ETH Zurich who both received significant funding to set up robotic research centers – a DFG grant for a Collaborative Research Centre at Stuttgart and a NFS for Digital Fabrication in Zurich.

Rob|Arch 2014 Book


The Rob|Arch 2014 publication is available at Springer both as an eBook as well as in physical form. Members of the Association for Robots in Architecture can download it as a free eBook from the protected member section.

Rob|Arch 2016 @ Sydney


We are extremely thrilled to announce that Rob|Arch 2016 will be hosted at Sydney and chaired by Dagmar Reinhardt and Rob Saunders of the University of Sydney, in collaboration with all other Australian universities that will have robots by 2016, such as RMIT in Melbourne, Bond University in Gold Coast, Technical University of Sydney, Monash University, and the University of Tasmania. It’s already shaping up to be a very special event, so keep the end of 2016 (summer in Australia, winter in Europe and Northern America!) free.

Rob|Arch 2014 has started


Today marks the second of three days of robot workshops at Rob|Arch 2014. This Rob|Arch, around 100 researchers, professionals, artists, and designers actively participate in the workshops, and twice as many are expected to attend the conference sessions on Saturday and Sunday.  We’re absolutely thrilled by the quality of the workshops that offer their participants unprecedented insight into how both research institutions and also enterprises like Bot & Dolly interact and work with robotic arms.

robarch2014-15We’ve posted a best-of gallery at www.robarch2014.org. For near real-time information visit the Robots in Architecture Facebook page. All social-media is collected via TagBoard via the hashtag #robarch2014


Free Pre-Workshops at Rob|Arch 2014 – 13.5.2014


On the day before the official opening of the Rob|Arch 2014 workshops (13.5.2014), all registered Rob|Arch 2014 attendees will have the chance to attend one of the free one-day pre-workshops that will be hosted in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan.

Daniel Piker will demonstrate his powerful live-physics engine Kangaroo, while Sigrid Brell-Cokcan and Johannes Braumann of the Association for Robots in Architecture will introduce participants to parametric robot control through KUKA|prc.

See www.robarch2014.org for details

Brand-new KUKA|prc Release


We’re very proud to release a new public trial version of KUKA|prc that offers great enhancements over the previous public version. Members of the Association have had access to these features for a while now through the protected download section on the Robots in Architecture Forum, where new releases are posted every few weeks. Since the past trial version release in September 2013, 15 member versions were posted by the Association for Robots in Architecture – an average of more than 2 releases per month, making brand-new features immediately accessible to members.

The free trial version generates fully functioning KRL code, but does not have support for some advanced features such as external axes. DOWNLOAD it from the KUKA|prc page.

New and improved features include:

  • Support for linear and rotary axes (member version only)
  • Support for a automated solver for linear axes (coming soon for rotary axes)
  • Greatly improved caching and general performance
  • Several new robots including the massive KR500, the new Agilus KR10 R1100, the KR5 Arc HW (Hollow Wrist) and several Quantec models
  • Virtual Robot functionality now included in the KUKA|prc Core component
  • One slider for both normal and smooth simulation
  • Increased simulation fidelity
  • New component for including own robot cell in the simulation
  • New components for setting analog and digital outputs
  • New component for simulation analysis
  • More interpolation options
  • Movement components now use planes as input by default (can be changed via right-clicking)

The Association is Growing


We would also like to welcome the most recent members of the Association. Just like the Association they come from a wide range of backgrounds, with high-end industry like Boeing and specialized engineering firms like Artis being joined by many research institutions such as Bond University in Australia, Aalto University in Finland, UCLA in the USA, University of Porto in Portugal, Tongji University in China, University of Strathclyde in the UK, and Keio University in Japan . We are especially glad to welcome offices such as DigitalCraftArchiUnion and H3CL2 who use robots in their design work.


Rob|Arch 2014: Call For Videos

Rob|Arch 2014 and the Association for Robots in Architecture invite research institutions and companies, as well as individual artists, architects, designers, engineers, researchers, and students to submit video presentations of their “robotic” work to the Rob|Arch 2014 conference. The video clips should showcase new developments and innovative projects that are relevant to the conference topic of robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design.

A jury of experts will choose the best video submissions to be shown at the conference/exhibition to Rob|Arch 2014 attendees, among them CEOs of major robot companies as well as industry partners and internationally recognized researchers, architects, and artists. Furthermore, the video clips will be published on the Rob|Arch conference homepage, www.robarch2014.org, and via social media to a wide internet audience.

The accepted video submissions of the previous Rob|Arch 2012 conference have been viewed over 10.000 times: https://vimeo.com/album/2297499

For more details and to submit a video, go to www.robarch2014.org/call-for-videos


The Rob|Arch 2014 early registration discount has been extended to March 14th. Some workshops are nearly full, so we encourage everyone to register as soon as possible.

We are also proud to announce thatAbsolut Vodka and Red Bull have joined as media partners and conference sponsors. A special Absolut Robots in Architecture Cocktail will be created for the conference.
To register, please go to www.robarch2014.org/registration


Upcoming Events




ACADIA 2014 @ Los Angeles

ACADIA 2014: Design Agency is the 34th annual conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture hosted in Los Angeles California on the campus of the USC School of Architecture.

Date: October 23-25, 2014
Paper Deadline April 1, 2014

See 2014.acadia.org for details




Workshop Industrial robots as machine tools – Trends and industrial solutions @ Fraunhofer IPK, Berlin

Our colleagues at Fraunhofer IPK are hosting a workshop on industrial robots as machine tools in Berlin on March 21st. Among other speakers the CEO of Artis Engineering will present their work. Artis is a member of the Association for Robots in Architecture and active user of KUKA|prc.

Click here to download the PDF-flyer.


Happy Holidays!


To celebrate a successful year 2013, the Association for Robots in Architecture has got a special thank-you for all their members: We’re making the “Rob|Arch: Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art, and Design” book, published by Springer for the first Rob|Arch conference in 2012 available for private use via the member section of the Robots in Architecture Forum. If you do not yet have an account, please sign up and send your username to robots@robotsinarchitecture.org. We will then unlock the members section for you.
For everyone who is not (yet) a member, we invite you to become a member of the Association (go here for details)! Alternatively you can get the book directly from Springer and via SpringerLink.

We’re also proud to announce the ABB Mobility Grant, which supports individuals engaged in robotic projects in the creative industry. 2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year, especially with the upcoming Rob|Arch 2014 conference in May at the University of Michigan.

Thank you for being part of the Robots in Architecture community! We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2014!



The ABB Mobility Grant was initiated by ABB Robotics and the Association for Robots in Architecture to support individuals who  are highly engaged in robotic applications in the creative industry. Three grants with a volume of 1000USD each support the grantee’s travel and accommodation costs for Rob|Arch 2014.

It is the goal of the Mobility Grant to financially support individuals who do not have the financial support of academic or commercial institutions but want to engage in the robotic dialogue at Rob|Arch 2014.

For details, and to apply please visit www.robarch2014.org/abb-mobility-grant
DEADLINE: 28.2.2014



2013 has been a busy year for us with many new friends and access to various robotic labs all over the world.
Here a small review of some of our 2013 workshop destinations:

22.1. – 24.1.: Robot Workshop at FH Trier, Germany
4.4.: Robot Workshop at Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
25.4. – 27.4.: Robot Workshop at Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy
14.5.: Robot Workshop at National University of Singapore / CAADRIA Conference
26.6.: Robot Workshop at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
3.7. – 5.7.: Robot Workshop at Tongji University, Shanghai / CAAD Futures Conference
11.7. – 13.7.: Robot Workshop at Bond University, Gold Coast
15.7. – 19.7.: Robot Workshop at RMIT, Melbourne
22.7.- 26.7.: Robot Workshop at University of Sydney
29.11 – 02.12.: Robot Workshop at die Angewandte, Vienna


Rob|Arch 2014: Reviews are ongoing

The deadline for the Rob|Arch 2014 paper submission has passed, and the quality of the submissions is again extremely high. Over the holidays, our reviewers will have the hard job of reviewing and picking the best papers to be included in the Rob|Arch 2014 book.
The conference chairs want to thank both reviewers and authors for their hard work.
In early 2014 there will be another call for Rob|Arch Video Submissions, to be exhibited on-site as well as online.
For last year’s video submissions, go to www.vimeo.com/album/2297499
The Rob|Arch 2014 registration is open at www.robarch2014.org/registration

Robots @ University of Sydney

The University of Sydney posted a very nice video of our workshop there a couple months ago! We really want to thank the team at USydney for being such great hosts, especially Dagmar, Marjo, and Gabe!

And tomorrow, Friday, we will participate in the European Culture Forum in Venice! Following a brief lecture, Fabio D’Agnano will host a panel discussion with Davide Gomba of Arduino, Luis Fraguada of LaN and Robots in Gastronomy, and Johannes from Robots in Architecture. Should definitely be fun!

Robots and Absolut Originality

This fall, Robots in Architecture teamed up with Absolut Vodka (Pernod Ricard Austria) to create a unique robot installation for their new “Absolut Originality” limited edition vodka series.

Taking inspiration from traditional Swedish glass crafts, every bottle of Absolut Originality has a drop of cobalt blue infused into its glass. This colouring technique has been used for centuries in hand-made art glass, but never before has it been applied to create four million original bottles. Added just as the molten glass goes into the mould at 1100°C, the drop of cobalt blue streams down inside the glass creating a unique streak of blue. At that temperature the cobalt is invisible, but as the glass cools off, a beautiful and unique blue infusion appears.
Source: Absolut

Our  goal was to create unique T-shirts based on portraits of their owners-to-be via robotic spraypainting. We take a picture, transfer it via the camera’s WiFi connection to a laptop running Rhinoceros/Grasshopper and  process it using a specially developed vectorizing component. This data is then passed on to KUKA|prc, which immediately previews the robot’s kinematic movements and outputs a KRL file.

The spraypainting-strategy was developed in cooperation with the Viennese graffiti artist Skirl, under consideration of the robot’s kinematics to create a solution that is both aesthetically and technically optimized. Hardware-wise, a customized endeffector was 3D-printed via Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and equipped with two slightly modified Colani sprayguns. On the robot side, we used a black KUKA Agilus robot whose high-speed internal air valves controlled the flow of air to the sprayguns.

Over the course of a month, the robot installation was exhibited at five locations throughout Austria: At Kare, Passage Club, Blickfang Design Fair, Elevate Festival, and Rauch Club. Producing more than 500 T-shirts (themselves limited and numbered, just like the vodka), we had a great time and the privilege of working with an excellent team around us.


In other news, the Rob|Arch 2014 paper deadline is quickly approaching, You can submit your scientific papers until December 1st. As the Springer time-schedule is very tight, we do not expect to be possible to grant an extension of that period.

To support young researchers in the field of robots in architecture, art, and design, the KUKA Young Potential Award (worth 2500 USD) will be granted again in 2014 to the best scientific paper at Rob|Arch by a researcher of 35 years or less. Last Rob|Arch’s winner was Ryan Luke Johns of Greyshed for his paper Augmented Reality and the Fabrication of Gestural Form.

Absolut Originality

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo launch their 2013 limited edition – where every bottle is individual and unique – Absolut Vodka teamed up with Robots in Architecture to create an interactive robot graffiti installation that is now going on tour. Every t-shirt is personalized to be as individual as its owner, with a dash of (Absolut) blue.

Supported by KUKA with a black KUKA Agilus robot and realized using KUKA|prc.

The next few dates:

10. – 12.10.  @ Kare Cityhaus Vienna

18. – 20.10. @ Blickfang Design Fair Vienna

More to follow!



















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