gramazio & kohler
Guest lecture at AHO - presenting works

(My comments in brackets)

A table that can be designed on a cellphone. It touches the interface between the customer and the architect. (Interaction design!) You set points on the table surface to make depressions that are milled out at their workshop. It is sent to server as a short code. (Who will actually buy a customized table through a cellphone? The feeling of the final table is not at all communicated). It is made so that the user actually can make the table useless, ie. with holes in the main surface. (Not perfect .. but they should get props for actually making this). The end result generates uncertainty with the customer who asks them G&K about what their thoughts of the table is.

Interference Cube
The Cube has an ornament that is generated by a code they have programmed. They have extracted a virtual 3d pattern using a boolean intersection with a cube that is milled on the insde of the cube. (It is cool that they have done this, and made it, but the pattern is so basic (intersecting waves), they should have used the possibillities in generative code and stretched their visual apearance a lot) They seemed supprised that people touched the surface (wich is obvious as the pattern is 3d and i imagine a nice tactile experience).

A black box for exhibitions. Standard built but 1st floor is sprayed with PUR to create an elastic coating so that all meetings between materials are hidden, creating a homogenus surface. (Looks cool, nearly military, like a stealth ship).
The second floor ceiling has the same interference wave pattern (as the IC, mentionaed above) drilled into the ceiling. To avoid a standard accoustic solution. The cost was an issue here so the they mappe dwhere the money went, and they found that it was translating their drawings into machine code that took the major money, so they tranlated the code themselves. (As they say; some knowledge of programming is useful for even architects) Empowering the architect!

"The world largest timepiece"

... Bahnhofstrasse Zürich: The installation runs the length of the street that hangs in the centerline of the street. It consits of lightribbons hanging down from a wire. (Quite impressive! Must be facinating to watch!) It evolves over time.
The light elements are produced as fiberglass (tech: filament winding) tubes (7 m long and quite rugged) with individually controlled lightstrips inside; LEDs on a smaller tube. How to design 320 houres visuals (Over christmas) for the piece--> programming. It has a visual that evolves over the entire period of Christmas (it must be very cool to see in real life as it is already cool on the video. But it seems to me that they could have evolved their visuals even more) This is a debate over the colour of the installation since it only white and some thinks that is not very Christmasy.


Industrial robot that makes customized brick walls. They got a lot of money to buy machines, but they feel it is more about the concept and not the machines, but they eventually bought a industrial robot to get maximum flexibility and openness in projects. Interesting features: #1: Generic, i.e. not for a single task ( it comes without a tool). They design their own end effectors (tools) for the robot.

#2: The thing is huge, the reach is 3 meters, and the possibilities for 1:1 building parts made with the robot. (Very cool , the possibilities are endless).

(They touch upon this themselves, having only a big picture embedded in the wall is not so interesting. They should rather focus on what kind of effects they could achieve using various patterns that reflect and manipulate the actual building or surroundings rather than presenting an image.)

(To sum it up, their work is very interesting seen from a industrial/interaction design viewpoint. A constant challenge with all kinds of rapid manufacturing, is how to make it practical for actual production. They are at the front of development, and it is not too difficult to imagine the scaffolding at future construction sites crawl with robots doing customized bricklaying or milling right at the site!).


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