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First Time Ever: Flying Robots Build 20-Foot-Tall Tower

First Time Ever: Flying Robots Build 20-Foot-Tall Tower [Video] | Co. Design.

This article and video show how two architects/designers/futurists built four flying robots and programmed them to build a 20-foot tall tower. The tower is a 1:100 scale version of a 2,000-foot tall “vertical village” that could house 30,000 people. Rather than just drawing architectural designs, the two, Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler, with help from Zurich roboticist and professor Raffaello D’Andre, have made an effort to re-imagine the role of the architect in the contemporary digital world.

While neither the video, nor the execution of the four quadrocopters, is yet ready for Prime Time (the building blocks in this demonstration are, after all, made of polystyrene foam), it does merit a considerable rethink about how we build our living environments and how to continue the development of sustainable architecture. In terms of the building materials, methodologies, and the scale of construction itself, urban environments will continue to be a conundrum for architects and urban planners in this Century. While the plight of construction workers is, too, an essential consideration, if we can implement some of the ideas postulated here to build more efficient, elegant, and architecturally sound structures (some even incorporating augmented “organic” designs), while also ensuring greater speed and safety in their construction, then there is profound argument that this form of digital architecture is a step forward.

With more than 7 billion people on the planet now (more than twice the number from when I was born), building better places and means for people to live sustainably is the most pressing issue of our era. We are going to welcome the 8th billion person in around 10 years, so we don’t have a whole lot of time to muck around.

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