Architecture & Digital Technologies

Advancing the construction sector with novel applications of digital design and advanced manufacturing technologies.

Applications of computational design and digital manufacturing allow to develop new tools, workflows and processes to face the growing need for a customized, accessible and decarbonized construction eco-system.

AI, Algorithmic Design and Building Simulation

The use of digital data related to the built environment allow applications of advanced computation for design simulation, analytics and optimization, enabling intelligence in architecture . From digital twins to learning algorithms, computational design becomes the core base for interdisciplinary collaborations towards sustainable and intelligent construction systems.

Key Areas
  • Parametric & algorithmic design
  • Building physics & environmental analytics
  • Structural optimisation
  • BIM & data management
  • AI, ML and computer vision

Digital Manufacturing

Digital manufacturing allows for new production techniques through the relation between computer data and machine-oriented fabrication. These new technologies have radically changed the way of designing, visualizing and constructing buildings and architectural elements and provide new possibilities in terms of mass customization, as well as translating complex geometries into articulated constructible solutions.

Key Areas
  • Design for mass customization
  • Design for dissasembly
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Complex forming

Advanced Materials

Material research and innovation enables the potential of low impact, renewable and circular materials, paving the way to decarbonising architecture and the built environment. Material intelligence in combination with Artificial and Computational Intelligence, simulations, sensors, actuators, as well as with bio-mimetic innovations provide revolutionary ideas on growth, adaptability, repair, sensitivity, replication and energy savings in architecture.

Key Areas
  • Carbon negative materials
  • Circular materials
  • Bio materials
  • Responsive materials

Large Scale 3D Printing

The potential of additive manufacturing applied in AEC open up the possibilities of low cost, quick and sustainable construction, minimizing the amount of waste and maximizing performance and spatial aesthetics.
Taking advantage of the latest computational tools and manufacturing processes enable the optimization of complex geometries enhancing material performance through design.

Key Areas
  • Optimised design for 3D printing
  • Material research & development
  • Custom extrusion systems & end effectors
  • Large scale construction and tolerance management

Robotics, Sensing and Interaction

Adopting robotics and automation allows for both onsite fabrication and prefabrication while responding to the unique set of challenges related to flexibility, tolerance, sensing and human machine interaction for both scenarios. In construction the panorama pf robotic applications include maintenance, dynamic facades, dynamic spaces and interactive urban robotics, transforming construction and the built environment into responsive systems.

Key Areas
  • Adaptive production with industrial robots
  • Drones and computer vision
  • Autonomous robotics for construction sites and industries
  • AR / VR for construction

Featured Project

Robotic Facade

Robotic Facade