May 16, 2020

London’s Architectural Association launching robotic construction course

London Architectural Association
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Kuka KR-150
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London’s Architectural Association launching robotic construction course
Londons Architectural Association has revealed that it will this year launch a new course focussed on digital fabrication. Students from theAA School&#3...

London’s Architectural Association has revealed that it will this year launch a new course focussed on digital fabrication. Students from the AA School's Design & Make programme used robotic fabrication for the first time earlier this year in the construction of Woodchip Barn, the success of which has now led to the development of a new MSc course, also called Design & Make, which will focus on robotic technologies and their application in timber construction. The 12-month course, which will begin its inaugural year this autumn, will take place at the school’s research facility in Hooke Park, Dorset, UK.

Martin Self, Programme Director, told Dezeen that robotics is becoming increasingly important in architecture: "We are making robotics core to the research we do here, and believe there is particular potential in the application of natural forms in architecture, especially in combination with 3D-scanning technologies".

Students on the course will make use of a Kuka KR-150 robotic arm with a reach of 2.7 metres housed in Hooke Park's Big Shed workshop, a fabrication hall constructed by students back in 2012, which can be used to investigate robotic routing to join non-standardised lengths of timber, such as irregularly forked tree branches.

"By combining the capabilities of robotic machining with 3D scanning and parametric design tools, new opportunities are being explored in which the inherent geometric form and structural qualities of wood are directly applied in architectural structures," said Self.

The Design & Make programme is supported by the Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England and the government-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme.

 

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Jun 22, 2021

Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone to invest RMB30 billion in five years

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Dominic Ellis
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Hi-Tech Zone unveils six projects and up to 50 R&D institutions will be built in the next five years

Chengdu is upping the hi-tech stakes after unveiling six projects and pledging to invest RMB30 billion in building 50 R&D institutions in the next five years.

The six projects comprise Chengdu Minshan Hydrogen Energy and Carbon Neutralization Technology Research Institute; Chengdu Minshan Integrated Positioning and Navigation Timing Technology Research Institute; Chengdu Minshan Power Semiconductor Technology Research Institute; Chengdu Minshan Microelectronics Advanced Enclosure Technology Research Institute; Chengdu Minshan Cell Engineering Technology Research Institute; and Chengdu Minshan West China Medical Surgery Robotics Research Institute. They will be backed by RMB450 million in funding.

The number of enterprises on the science and technology innovation board is also regarded as one of the important indicators of regional science and technology innovation strength. Since this year, enterprises in Chengdu Hi-tech Zone, such as Olymvax Biopharmaceuticals Inc., GIMI and Zongheng Stock, have successively landed on the science and technology innovation board. So far, there are 45 enterprises listed and passing reviews in Chengdu Hi-tech Zone, including 5 listed companies on the science and technology innovation board.


Centering on the three leading industries of electronic information, biomedicine and new economy, Chengdu High-tech Zone has attracted 128 Fortune 500 companies such as Intel and BOE, and introduced 11 ten-billion-yuan projects last year, involving companies such as Tencent, Baidu, and ByteDance.

In recent years, the zone has introduced six Nobel Prize winners, 20 academicians, and 328 national high-level talents, and nearly 150,000 enterprises from different industries have set up a presence, including more than 56,000 tech companies.

Chengdu High-tech Industrial Development Zone was set up in 1988, and in 1991, was approved as one of the first national high-tech zones. In 2006, it was listed as a pilot zone by the Ministry of Science and Technology and in 2015, approved by the State Council as the first national independent innovation demonstration zone in West China, according to China Briefing

In February, Chris van Duijn was selected, alongside GMP, as the winner of the Chengdu Future Science and Technology City Launch Area Masterplan and Architecture Design Competition (click here). The 4.6sq km masterplan, designed for the innovation industry in collaboration with CAUPD and Swooding, has been conceived as a pilot project to drive the development of the city around the new airport east of Chengdu.

OMA and GMP will develop the first phase of the overall masterplan, which will include an International Educational Park in the west led by OMA, and a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the southeast led by GMP.

NYSE-listed Xinyuan Real Estate Co. recently announced completion of five newly constructed properties, including Chengdu Xinyuan City.

Located in Shu Du New Town in the Pi Du District, Xinyuan City is surrounded by natural resources and offers various commercial facilities and leisure amenities, and is near the Medi River, Municipal Park, Knowledge Park, Cuckoo Park, and Chuangzhi Park.

A massive replica of the sunken ocean liner is now under construction in Daying County in Sichuan province, around 130kms from Chengdu, according to CNN Travel. Dubbed 'The Unsinkable Titanic', the ship is the exact same size as the original, 269.06 meters (882 feet) in length and 28.19 meters (92 feet) wide.

Chengdu, located in south-west China with a population of 20 million, is the seventh wealthiest city in China.

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