Digital MethodsTeachingArchiveSummer Semester 2022
Studio Project - Autonomous Construction

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 for the design of architecture.

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 any more. Rather, it is the digital design and production 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 architecture at the design level. Innovation is therefore no longer dependent on the slow feedback of knowledge, gained in building practice. Despite, or perhaps because of, the high degree of digitalisation, material plays a central role, whether as a resource or as a design element. Bits and atoms are therefore no longer opposites, but are more closely linked than ever.

The context for the architectural design will be a new form of living and working in an urban context. The focus is more on the depth of detail and less on the size of the building. In addition to the design, the design process itself will be documented in diagrams and animations.

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 supervision and two colloquia in the faculty. In addition to technical support, some texts on the conceptual classification of the project will be handed out and discussed.

The project is also suitable as a base upon which to bould a MSc. thesis at the chair of dMA in the following semester, thus placing the design research topic in a larger context.



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


  • Prof. Mirco Becker
  • Victor Sardenberg


  • First class: Friday 22.04.2022
    12:00 - 14:00 A101
  • 1st Kolloquium: 06.05.2022 12:00 - 15:00 small Foyer
  • 2nd Kolloquium: 17.06.2022 11:00 - 14:00 small Foyer
  • Final Presentation: 23.08.2022 12:00 - 15:00 small Foyer


  • Basic knowledge in Rhino
  • Basic knowledge in Grasshopper

Further info on stud.ip