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Architecture and construction have always been, at the bleeding edge of tech and materials trends. Well, there is nothing a surprising thing, the at a renowned technical university like ETH Zurich, to find a project utilizing AI and robotics in a new approach to these arts. The researchers are experimenting with showing how homes and offices might be built a decade from now.
The project was begun in 2019, Semiramis is a collaboration between human and AI designers. The general idea of course came from the very creative minds of its creators, architecture professor Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler. The design was achieved by adjusting the basic requirements, such as size, the necessity of watering, and the style of construction, through a set of computer models and machine learning algorithms.
The project is a huge sculptural planter, hanging gardens inspired by the legendary structures in the ancient city of Babylon.
During the design process, the team adjusts the position of one of the large pods that make up the 70-foot structure or alters the layout of the panels that make up its surface. The team also created software that would then immediately adjust the geometry of the overall structure and the other panels to absorb these changes, making sure it would still safely bear its own weight and so on.
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There are numerous automated processes in architecture, of course, but this project pushes the boundaries out in the level of final control seemingly given to them. The overall point is to make it a genuine collaboration, not just a sort of architectural spell-check that definitely makes sure the whole thing won’t collapse.
After the final designed arrived, the construction is being obtained by human-automation team, a set of four robotics arms operating with one mind to hold multiple heavy pieces in place while human role is to apply the resin used to keep them together.
Semiramis is being constructed in the workshop then shipped piece by piece to its eventual home at Tech Cluster Zug. It should be fully assembled and ready to accept soil and seeds this coming spring, so stop by if you’re in the area.