A Revolution In Architecture? – Buildings Done On The Fly

Flight Assembled Architecture

Let’s face it: Technology is everywhere! By the majority it already influences, improves and mostly supports our daily being and doing on a massive scale. Not just in the way we communicate, share or connect with others, but also how radical innovations arise in various branches of a fast and ever-changing economy. Architecture and the building industry might be next. Human workforce? Reduced to a minimum.

With their installation Flight Assembled Architecture professor Raffaello D’Andrea and architects Gramazio & Kohler in cooperation with ETH Zurich, show us a possible direction on how future buildings and infrastructure might be done: Literally on the fly.


They 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. The mobile machines lift, transport and assemble 1500 polystyrene foam bricks to build a 6 meter high and 3.5 wide structure with stunning precision.


Are robots the builders of the future?

Their project “addresses radical new ways of thinking and materializing architecture as a physical process of dynamic formation.” says D’Andrea. Until February 19, 2012, the installation is shown to the public at the FRAC Centre, Orléans.

Posted by Stefan Wurzer on February 1st, 2012

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