Cheap, Energy-Efficient Robots that Build Houses

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FABBOTS digital fabrication robots photo
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Meet George Jetson: (FAB)BOTS are robots or machines that fabricate structures and spatial formations for architecture.

Designed by master students from the Architectural Association (AA) in London and the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona, with assistance from tutor Marta Malé-Alemany, the robot prototypes shown here are inspired by insects, use recycled plastic bags to create structures, fabricate floating houses for the future and even use the sun to laser-cut.

(FAB)BOTS are intended to meet on-site deployment strategies using locally available materials -- serving as cheap, accessible, alternative construction methods for building customised habitats, particularly in remote locations with limited infrastructure and access to new technology. They are currently on view through September at the Fabrication laboratory at the DHUB in Barcelona, Spain.

The students worked between five and 12 months on this open-source project, with the goal to come up with sustainable as well as economical architectural solutions.

Marta Malé-Alemany