Digital Fabrication & Design Robotics
Through the strategic employment of robotically re-mastered clay units and their digitally informed aggregations, the new brick system vastly expands the formal repertoire present in traditional brick construction. In order to combine ornamental effects with sustainable design in architectural ceramic systems, this work also developed strategies to improve the energy efficiency of brick envelopes. In particular, by combining material proprieties and geometric parameters, the research showed that it is possible to optimise the material configuration to generate solar-selective thermal mass systems that include self-shading. Exploiting the advantages of the geometric complexity available through the proposed shaping process, the new material system merges aesthetics and environmental performance by creating design pattern articulations that respond to variable climatic and diurnal cycles.
By merging computational design methods and robotic fabrication technologies with traditional methods of masonry production and building construction, new sustainable and aesthetic design opportunities open up.
Location: Harvard GSD, Cambridge, USA
Year: 2012 – 2013
Researchers: Martin Bechthold, Stefano Andreani
Themes: Digital Fabrication, Design Robotics, Building Systems