Flight Assembled Architecture Exhibition

Courtesy of ETH Zurich

From December 2nd to February 19th, Flight Assembled Architecture, the first installation to be built by flying machines, will be conceived as an architectural structure at a scale of a 600 m high “vertical village”, the installation addresses radical new ways of thinking and materializing architecture as a physical process of dynamic formation. The exhibition is put on in Orleans, France at the Frac Center by Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea in collaboration with ETH Zurich. More information on the event after the break.

In 2011, Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea started to develop a pioneering approach on dynamic material formation and machine behavior. Belonging to the generation of young architects aiming at using the full potential of digital design and fabrication, Gramazio & Kohler joined with Raffaello D’Andrea whose work addresses ground-breaking autonomous systems design and algorithms. Together, they started to explore the possibilities of a revolutionary assembly apparatus and reveal with their collaboration unseen spatial and structural articulations based on the innovation of Flight Assembled Architecture.

Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea developed a powerful expression of cutting-edge innovation that uses a multitude of mobile agents working in parallel and acting together as scalable production means. Those are programmed to interact, lift, transport and assemble small modules in order to erect a building structure that synthesizes a rigorous architectural approach by Gramazio & Kohler and a visionary autonomous system design by Raffaello D’Andrea.

Following an initial phase lasting several days and dedicated to the assembly by flying machines of a model standing 6 m high and 3 m in diameter – made up of 1200 prefabricated polyurethane foam modules – the exhibition will feature a “megastructure” in its completed form, along with a film documenting the airborne assembly and all aspects of the exhibition.

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Cite: Alison Furuto. "Flight Assembled Architecture Exhibition" 22 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/177786/flight-assembled-architecture-exhibition> ISSN 0719-8884

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