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. Over the last years robotic research has been rather exclusive to a handful of institutions in architecture, art and design. For the first time, ROB|ARCH will bring together international university partners who will open their robotic research labs to a creative use and present an insight in their applied robotic research at various locations throughout Europe. While the international workshops will be distributed at university partners, the following conference will take place in Vienna, a city well known for its living quality, but also a hotspot for technology and innovation.

The internationally renowned publishing house Springer Wien/New York will publish and market the proceedings of the conference worldwide.

Robots in Architecture, Art, and Design

Industrial robots have been applied in full-scale construction – as a replacement for manual labor – in Japan since the 1980s with little success due to automation difficulties and economic reasons. However,  robots are again gaining popularity in architecture: Snøhetta – as one of the first architectural offices – has recently purchased their own industrial robot. As more and more architects are exposed to robotic fabrication, the need for easy interoperability, integration into architectural design tools and general accessibility arises. Just as well, architects are discovering that industrial robots are much more than kinematic machines for stacking bricks, welding or milling: They are highly multifunctional and can be used for a huge variety of tasks. However, industry standard software does not provide easy solutions for allowing direct robot control right from Computer Aided Architectural Design systems. In the first ROB|ARCH conference international researchers, architects and designers will discuss methods of designing for and programming industrial robots, published architectural results and the design of new user interfaces that allow intuitive control of parametric designs and customized robotic mass production, by integrating Computer Aided Manufacturing functions into CAAD.

Association for Robots in Architecture

The international Association for Robots in Architecture is originally a spin off association of Vienna University of Technology. Its goal is to make industrial robots accessible for the creative industry, artists, designers and architects, by sharing ideas, research results and technological developments.

Free Conference Admission for 2012 Members of the Association Robots in Architecture!
25% discount for workshop Admission for 2012 Members of the Association Robots in Architecture!