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Architecture for Autonomous Construction | Studio Project – MSc.


How can all architectural aspects from design, construction, use to conversion and deconstruction be reinvented as a holistic system and thus achieve a higher degree of sustainability? Against the background of the autonomisation of construction through robots, new challenges arise in the context of architectural design.

The current state of digitalisation offers the opportunity to avoid making the same mistakes that were associated with modular industrial construction from the 1960s onwards. Unlike then, building products, prefabricated parts and floor plans are no longer standardised today. Rather, it is the digital design and manufacturing processes that are standardised in their procedures, allowing for a disproportionately wide range of customisation. A variety of digital simulation techniques make it possible to gain insight into the expected behaviour of built architecture at the design level. Innovation is therefore no longer dependent on the slow feedback of knowledge from built practice. Despite, or perhaps because of, the high degree of digitalisation, material, whether as a resource or design element, plays a central role. Bits and atoms are therefore no longer opposites, but are more closely linked than ever.

From January onwards, the aim is to build an architectural demonstrator that integratively demonstrates the previously developed methods.

Working in Rhinoceros-3D/Grasshopper is central to the project. In addition to solutions on the 3D model, diagrams, plans and visualisations, constructive solutions on digitally produced models (laser cutting, CNC milling, 3D printing) are expected. Assistance for special deepening of the digital methods is given in tutorials.

Supervision takes place in weekly corrections and 2 colloquia in the faculty. In addition to technical support, some texts on the conceptual reasoning behind the project is handed out and discussed.



  • MSc. Architektur und Städtebau:
    Projekt lang: i/o Architecture


  • Prof. Mirco Becker
  • Victor Sardenberg


  • First Class: Tuesday 18.10.2022
    14:00 – 16:00 A101
  • 1st colloquium: 15.11.2022, 15:00 – 18:00 small Foyer
  • 2nd colloquium: 13.12.2022, 15:00 – 18:00 mall Foyer
  • Final presentation: 14.02.2023, 15:00 – 18:00 small Foyer

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