Tony Jankowski dealt with sustainable, autonomous building at the Phoenix Design Academy. From that experience, the product designer has deduced his concept for mobile robotic system for realising extremely lightweight and stable architectural structures according to prototypes found in nature. The bionic components: "Spider" and "Snail".
Building of the Future
Architecture represents the spirit of its age and societal conditions. The dilemma between an immensely growing demand of construction materials and finite resources calls for a new thinking in the construction industry. The necessity for ecologically sensitive building means that traditional practices must change. The analysis of biological constructions and their execution in architecture and technological systems plays an ever more important role. Architecture and construction will, in the future, move even closer together at the interface of computer-aided design, additive manufacturing, material technology, and synthetic biology. The DUOTEC concept represents a mobile robotic system for realising extremely lightweight and stable architectural structures according to prototypes found in nature. One of the robots builds individual modules of the structure which are then combined and closed in a planar manner by the second robot. State-of-the-art coiling and printing processes using fibre compound materials make it possible to use only minimal material quantities while offering individual design opportunities. The aim of the concept design is to illustrate the potentials of new technologies, to inspire, and to present food for thought.
Credits: Tony Jankowski, Bachelor Thesis, HTW Berlin. Mentoring: Prof. Birgit Weller; Sven Feustel, Principal Designer, Phoenix Design Academy.
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The Phoenix Design Academy is an Innovation Lab for young and experienced designers where they can realise and share their visions. The shared claim is to work on topics relevant for society and to find new solutions for current problems. As project leaders, the students go through the entire creative design process – starting with finding first ideas via prototype iterations all the way to the finished product ready for realisation. They are accompanied by their mentor Sven Feustel, Principal Designer with Phoenix Design, and other specialist experts from the Phoenix team.
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