Cyber Physical Macro Material

The project Cyber Physical Macro Material, which was developed at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) as an ITECH M.Sc. thesis project by ITECH students Miguel Aflalo, Behrooz Tahanzadeh and Jingcheng Chen, demonstrates a tangible vision of a new dynamic (and intelligent) architecture for public spaces. The agile and reconfigurable canopy is enabled by a combination of distributed robotic construction and a programmable digital building material.

It uses a smart digital material built from lightweight carbon fiber filament with integrated electronics for communication and sensing, which operate alongside a collection of autonomous aerial vehicles, so-called builders. One can imagine an agile versatile canopy autonomously moving through a large public space providing the occupants with shade or actively rebuilding itself on demand. The project calls into question the typically lethargic and costly process of design, planning and construction of static buildings.

Credits: 

ITECH M.Sc. Thesis Project: Miguel Aflalo, Behrooz Tahanzadeh, Jingcheng Chen

Thesis Advisors: Dylan Wood, Maria Yablonina

Further Scientific Development: Dylan Wood, Maria Yablonina

Exhibition Project Team: Denitsa Koleva, Sanoop Siby

University of Stuttgart: Institute for Computational Design and Construction, ICD (Prof. Menges), Institute of Building Structures & Structural Design, ITKE (Prof. Knippers)