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Pettinga / Wood

RPC screen shots

Structure and skin of our project ‘The Point’ to be laser cut.

Rebecca Wood
& Anna Pettinga

Intersect / Physical / Brep/Brep

Brep Brep

Brep Brep requires two Brep inputs.  It solves the intersection for the two.  The resulting curves and points can be separated from the original forms.  In the first iteration, a box and cylinder were created in Rhino.  These Breps were imported into the grasshopper file.  The intersecting curves were separated from their original location by using Offset and a number slider.


Each Brep input can be multiple Breps.  In the second example, the spheres were set to Brep1 and the boxes to Brep2.  The intersection curves were translated along the X axis using Vector/Unit/X and a number slider.


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Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea have launched a pioneering project around training dynamic and robotic procedures applied to architecture. Belonging to the younger generation of architects exploiting the digital tools in the architectural design and construction, Gramazio & Kohler join the engineer Raffaello D’Andrea, whose work concerns the study of algorithms and development of systems of autonomous innovation. Together, they created Flight Assembled Architecture, architectural research on the potential of a revolutionary assembly tool.

Flight Assembled Architecture is the first installation built entirely by flying robots. Designed as an architectural structure on the scale of a “vertical village” of 600 meters, Assembled Architecture Flight tests a new paradigm of design and manufacturing, through a physical process of automated dynamic training. This project builds on the simultaneous use of multiple mobile agents. Considered as tools for adaptive production, these flying robots are programmed to interact and to capture, transport and assemble the modules to build architectural structures.

Inspiration?  Flying robots building skyscrapers.  What I find interesting about parametric design is the potential for clarity in complex repetitive construction.  This example is so simple the architect & engineer were able to program robots to build it.  Maybe while these little flying guys are hard at work we humans can develop better designs!