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Keywords

Design Education, Robotics, Digital Fabrication Laboratory, Digital Tools, Open Interfaces

Disciplines

Architecture | Arts and Humanities | Education | Engineering

Abstract

Throughout an extensive period of time, advanced mechanical tools such as robotic arms have been a common prospect in many production industries. Today, and as the potentials in digital design and fabrication technologies are seen to enhance complex tridimensional construction processes, robots are rapidly being integrated within the architectural education curriculum. In a relatively short amount of time, many architectural faculties around the globe have set up experimental digital fabrication laboratories with 3D printers, CNC machines, and robotic arms. This paper will argue the use of robots in education beyond the opportunities provided by the already traditional automated modes of fabrication, trying to appreciate design and fabrication methodologies as open interfaces that challenge students with problem-solving, advanced geometry, and programming.

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