Also we consider how robotic construction is being put into practice by looking at the plans for the Robot Science Museum in Seoul, and discover how advances in BIM capabilities are introducing the Internet of Things (IoT) into building information modelling.
Plus we round off our season of Bauhaus content with a look at what the architecture school means for today’s architects, discover how architecture is being used in space and speak to a rising star within the field.
In this issue
Architecture’s robot revolution: pioneering robotic construction From a science museum in Seoul constructed by robots to a conference centre completed with robotic assistance in just 100 days, new projects suggest that automation may be heading for the mainstream of the construction industry. Patrick Kingsland looks at the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead Read more.
Designing a grass-to-gate robotic dairy Designed by Bosske, Bannister Downs Dairy in Northcliffe, Western Australia, is the only planned grass-to-gate dairy in the world, combining state-of-the-art technology with rural tradition. Read more.
Rising stars: an interview with Ebba’s Benni Allan In the latest in our series of profiles of architectural rising stars, Patrick Kingsland speaks with Benni Allan, founder of the London-based studio Ebba architects about his Spanish heritage and interest in open-ended architecture. Read more.
Spatial timber assemblies: the robotic construction method creating new design possibilities A new robotic construction method developed by Eth Zurich is creating new possibilities for timber in architecture. Lucy Ingham looks at how spatial timber assemblies could impact design. Read more.
Overhauling the rulebook: the RIBA’s new fire safety guidance At the end of last year, the RIBA unveiled a draft of its plan of work for fire safety, in direct response to the Grenfell tower tragedy and subsequent Hackitt Review. Proposing the streamlining of fire safety practices earlier on in the design process, could it give the industry some much-needed clarity over its obligations? Ross Davies reports. Read more.
BIM and the IoT: the grandest of all designs Building information modelling (BIM) has become widely used in architecture, but now a growing number of products are integrating internet of things (IoT) capabilities. Patrick Kingsland takes a look at how bringing the two technologies together might add new capabilities and asks what it all means for architecture. Read more.
From furniture to form: alliance theatre’s show-stopping renovation The recently completed renovation of the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, the US, by Trahan Architects draws inspiration from furniture designer Matthias Pliessnig to provide an iconic yet organic space. Here the architects explain the project and the techniques behind its unique fabrication. Read more.
A Natural Future: Envisioning Finland in 2070 Entitled Emerald Envisioning for Luonnonmaa 2070, Emmi Keskisarja & Janne Teräsvirta Arkkitehtitoimisto & Company Architects’ concept project for a Finnish Island explores how architecture and technology can respond to a world transformed by climate change Read more.
Construction Lessons from Mars The winner of the NASA Centennial Challenge, AI SpaceFactory’s MARSHA habitat is designed to utilise in-situ construction methods to create habitable structures on Mars. But it’s approach could provide construction benefits far closer to home. Read more.
Next issue – August 2019
In the next issue of Design & Build Review, out in August, we’ll be looking at sustainability within architecture, a topic that is currently enjoying growing interest from developers and clients alike.
We’ll look at how mass timber construction is being used to create functional but sustainable structures, and find out how innovations are driving the development of true eco-cities where environmental credentials are considered at all stages of development.
Plus, we’ll also look at a project that is set to bring large-scale upcycling to the architectural agenda and profile sustainability pioneer Rozana Montiel, winner of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2019.