A Home in Every Robot
A Home in Every Robot
Excerpt from Project Statement
“Recent calls for the horizontal integration of human and natural systems are certainly a logical first step towards a more ecologically sound urban culture, but they are also efforts that attempt too little too late. Many of the problems created by global over-population have to do with threats directed at uncultivated habitats and their destruction by ever-expanding human settlements. Schemes to re-wild urban and suburban communities, while important to keep on the table, depend heavily on existing infrastructure that exerts undesirable pressures on endangered places.
With these observations in mind, we propose to tackle the seemingly unachievable task of simultaneously developing and conserving uninhabited natural spaces. A “Wilderness Urbanism” constitues an alternative design strategy predicated on the paradoxical but not impossible to meet challenge of using advanced technology to save and make livable the untamed realms surrounding todays’ suburbs and urban centers.
Armed with sophisticated sensors, gyroscopes, and fast brains, a new generation of machines have evolved with enhanced levels of memory, situational awareness and physical dexterity. In order to create an off-road, mobile prototype and aggregated housing system that challenges the current social practices of Senior, Full-Time Recreational Vehicle Communities — see RV urbanism — these technologies will need to be applied towards the field of architecture.”
Over the course of the semester, we utilized a 3D to rapidly prototype new structural pieces for our Bioloid, Bi-pedal robot. We 3D scanned the existing pieces we had and rebuilt them in Rhino to reduce overall weight and capacity, while still retaining the same strength. Once the pieces were fabricated in ABS plastic to their maximum efficiency, we then sent the pieces to be 3D printed in Titanium to give the robot greater strength. The robot was a culmination of the entire studio’s effort, with each student playing a pivotal role in respective aspects ranging from keyframing the robot’s motions to redesigning the motor casings and interiors.
robot with single payload // black components creating using an ABS plastic 3D printer, structure fabricated through Titanium 3D printing
robot with single payload
robot lowering three payloads to ground
content for final presentation
final presentation robot with scale figure for comparison
site map conformed to a rigid grid
urban typologies for robot + payload
different services for the robots
small payload choreography
Large Payload Choreography
individual robot systems plan
Part to Part
Exploded House Payload