The Robot Revolution: Coop Himmelb(l)au Founder Wolf D. Prix on the Future of Construction

With a recently released animation entitled “We Start the Future of Construction,” Coop Himmelb(l)au announced their intention to take digital fabrication to a radical new scale, demonstrating how technology is impacting almost every aspect of the architectural profession. The advent of building information modeling and other modeling software has transformed how architects and engineers navigate the construction process, allowing us to achieve increasingly complex forms that can be modeled with the aid of CNC machining and 3D Printing, but still there remains a wide gap between the technologies available to architects and those employed by builders. When it comes to a building’s actual construction we have been limited by the great costs associated with non-standard components and labor – but now, the automated practices that transformed manufacturing industries could revolutionize how we make buildings.

Last week, ArchDaily sat down with co-founder, Design Principal and CEO of Wolf D. Prix for his thoughts on the future of construction and the role of the architect in an increasingly technological practice. Read on after the break to find out how robots could impact architectural design, construction, and the future of the profession.

House of Pleasures / José Adrião Arquitectos

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Architects: José Adrião Arquitectos
Location: ,
Architecture Phase 01: Tiago Mota (Project Manager), Carla Gonçalves, Luís Valente, Rui Didier, Tatiana Mourisca
Architecture Phase 02: Ricardo Aboim Inglez (Project Manager), Margarida Lameiro, Rute Ribeiro, Tiago Mota
Project Area: 351 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Behind the Lines by TYIN Tegnestue

Andreas Skeide’s Behind the Lines by TYIN Tegnestue details the lifelong journey of architects Yashar Hanstad and Andreas Gjertsen, following their story from their start as students to their transition into professional architecture. The book looks at the logic behind the formation of TYIN Architects and eleven of the resultant projects, highlighting both the successes and the failures along the way. The following is a series of excerpts from the book detailing pivotal moments in their careers.

Architectural Innovation Inspired by Nature

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From bricks grown from bacteria to cement derived from the reef building process of coral, biomimicry has taken the world by storm. A collection of products inspired by this phenomenon are showcased in Bloomberg’s article “14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry,” ranging from transportation breakthroughs to ingenious feats of engineering. Read on after the break for two highlighted architectural inventions inspired by the natural world.

Wooden Housing Building / JTB.architecture

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Architects: JTB.architecture
Location: 10 Rue Dezobry, 93200 Saint-Denis,
Area: 936.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Cyrille Lallement, Luc Boegly

Photographic Exhibition Highlights The Relationship Between Brick And The Dutch

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The Netherlands Builds in Brick is one of the latest exhibitions at Rotterdam’s Nieuwe Instituut (formerly the NAi). It seeks to modify the “assumed triumph of Modernism” in the interwar period, drawing upon two photographic collections from the Institute’s extensive archives. The exhibition has been curated to highlight that brick remained the favoured material throughout the advocacy of the Modernist movement, even for experimental .

“Khamsa” House / Atelier Koe

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Architects: Atelier Koe
Location:
Participating Architects: Richard Rowland, Hippolyte Gilabert, Clement Dagneaux
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Régis L’hostis

Cultural Center at Saint-Germain-lès-Arpajon / Ateliers O-S architectes

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Architects: Ateliers O-S architectes
Location: , France
Design Team: Vincent Baur, Guillaume Colboc, Gaël Le Nouëne Pierre Teisseire, Jeremie Galvan (design phase) Vincent Menuel, (construction phase)
Area: 2173.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Ateliers O-S architectes

In Praise of Shadows / Pitsou Kedem Architects

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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Pitsou Kedem, Irene Goldberg, Hila Sella
Area: 580.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Amit Geron

CREATE / Perkins+Will

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Architects: Perkins+Will
Location:
Area: 700000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Liquid Laundry / hcreates

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Architects: hcreates
Location: Xuhui, , China
Architect In Charge: Hannah Churchill
Branding & Graphic Design: The Orange Blowfish
Area: 700.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Seth Powers

HWKN Unveils Design for “Pennovation Center” in Pennsylvania

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New York-based firm HWKN have revealed the design for what is to become the University of Pennsylvania’s latest hub for entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators. Dubbed “The Pennovation Centre,” the project is the first major development within the Pennovation Works, and will occupy a 58,000-square-foot footprint on the campus’ south.

A rejuvenation of the former DuPont laboratory, it is hoped that The Pennovation Centre will become an “iconic landmark” for pen, providing a “dynamic environment” for innovation in varied fields.

Tintern Schools Middle Schools / Architectus

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Architects: Architectus
Location: 90 Alexandra Road, VIC 3135, Australia
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Folded Bird Photography (Brenden Finn)

Architect Yener Torun Documents Contemporary Istanbul on Instagram

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“Istanbul is exotic and modern,” says architect , who has spent the last year documenting Istanbul‘s most contemporary and brightly colored spaces on Instagram. “It is funny, because my photos of Istanbul do not really look like Istanbul. And that is what I exactly wanted to do – to show a different site of the city, a side that was never focused on.”

Critiquing Istanbul’s recent explosion of growth and “bad” architecture, Torun set out to discover the city’s lesser known, brightly colored spaces that have had a positive influence on day-to-day life. Now with nearly 40,000 followers, his quest is proving to have an affect and is inspiring him to spread his explorations beyond Istanbul to Ankara, Bursa, Izmir and Kocaeli.

See a selection of Torun’s images, after the break.

Johnson County Justice Annex / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: , KS, USA
Architect In Charge: Dan Maginn, FAIA
Area: 48000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Vienna to Build World’s Tallest Wooden Skyscraper

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Rüdiger Lainer and Partner plans to construct the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper next year in Vienna’s Seestadt Aspern area. 76 percent of the 84-meter tower is expected to be made from wood rather than concrete, saving approximately 2,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions (equivalent to driving a car 25 miles a day for 1,300 years). 

“I think it is important everyone now in 2014 thinks in different ways. We have wood, which is a perfect material for building,” she said. “It was used 200 years ago and it was perfect then and is perfect now,” says Kerbler project developer Caroline Palfy, commenting on the architects’ decision to use wood due to its environmental benefits.

An interior loft view and more details, after the break. 

Guillén Lafuerza School Dining Hall / Miguel Ángel García-Pola Vallejo

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Architects: Miguel Ángel García-Pola Vallejo
Location: Calle Jacintos, 33010 , Asturias,
Project Area: 226.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Marcos Morilla

Embed Your 3D Sketchfab Models on Facebook

Already one of the simplest ways to share 3-D models around the web, Sketchfab has recently announced a new development that will make it even easier for architecture firms to share their latest work with their fans and students to spread their ideas among their friends: Facebook embed functionality. Simply by pasting the link to your work in a Facebook post, your model is instantly accessible to your friends and fans, and easy to share.