Territorial Scale Digital Fabrication
Prof. Aaron Sprecher
The research aims to advance large scale, on-site digital fabrication in architecture, examining the potential of applying advanced construction methods to locally found matter. Relying on adaptive robotic tools, the research explores design research methods and protocols for reconstituting and transforming on-site materials into architectural elements. These methods can extend the capacity to custom-tailor design at a territorial scale. The research is linked to an emerging field of investigation on ‘Robotic Landscapes’ and in situ digital manufacturing in architecture. It challenges the distinction between natural terrains and the architecture constructed upon them, and advances a reconnection of architecture to its environment through a sensible, nuanced and precise construction, enabled by digital means. Preliminary results and experiments show a possibility to combine a theoretical framework and an iterative process (titled ‘Informing Grounds’) on local sand and stone. The developed protocol mediates and supports the exchange of knowledge between a digital and a physical environment.