Can robots transform Chinese architecture?

Reader:: CNN

Sunday, 30 September, 2018 02:34:03 pm

Amid population growth and unprecedented urbanization, china’s rise has been enabled by its ability to build quickly and cheaply. But meeting the country’s construction demands has come at the expense of architectural identity, according to Philip Yuan, founder of the firm Archi-Union Architects.

`It’s a kind of copy and paste process’, Yuan says the repetitive, nondescript buildings found in Chinese cities.

`It’s a pity, (because by) building too fast, we lose tradition and identity of what China should be.’



Instead of producing more cookie-cutter blocks, the Chinese architect has been exploring experimental new approaches to construction.

His techniques, which include the use of digital fabrication and robotics, could offer a new way to produce sophisticated buildings in shorter timeframes.

Using computation design on algarithms and a pair of robotics arms rigged to `cut like two hands of human being’, the figure eight-shaped building was in just 52 days.

`Every column and every beam has a special angle and different height’, Yuan explains.

`If you use your hand, it’s impossible to make it in such a short time because every joint is different.’

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