Integration of Creative and Collaborative Architectural Robotics

This proposal will integrate architectural robotics into the pedagogy and research of the Department of Architecture via the purchase, installation, and use of a 5-axis 10kg payload collaborative industrial robotic arm.

Goal

This proposal will integrate architectural robotics into the pedagogy and research of the Department of Architecture via the purchase, installation, and use of a 5-axis 10kg payload collaborative industrial robotic arm. In 2017, the applicants’ successful ISU Inclusion Initiatives Grant pilot project taught design students robotics through painting and drawing and resulted in the Cyborg Sessions Exhibition. This is an example of creative and collaborative robotics: the use of robots not as “perfect slaves” but rather as cooperative partners in pursuing creative acts including but not limited to additive and subtractive manufacturing, construction automation, drawing, painting, and 3D scanning. Teaching our students to not only use but to also express themselves and innovate with robots will position them –and Iowa State— as leaders in design when automated manufacturing becomes commonly available and disrupts construction and related creative fields.  

The robotic arm will be housed initially in the ISU Computation + Construction Lab (CCL) where it will impact approximately 50 graduate and undergraduate students through the development of architectural robotics seminars and workshops. When the Student Innovation Center (SIC) opens, the arm will be moved to the College of Design space in the SIC for greater exposure to students and the university community. In addition to fulfilling the goal of increasing access to classroom technology, the introduction of the robotic arm will make possible new and innovative coursework, eventually impacting 500 architecture students and the thousands of students who will access the Student Innovation Center.  

The requested funding of $50,000 will be used to purchase the industrial arm, teaching pendant, adjustable stand, software, end effectors, and introductory training. We have specified a robot that is safe for students to operate and will not require space upgrades at the CCL or the Student Innovation Center. If successful, the Dean of the College of Design and grant co-authors are prepared to provide matching funds for the purchase of a second industrial robotic arm for additional teaching and learning opportunities.

Value Statement and Implementation Strategy

Contemporary architecture schools are tasked with introducing digital technologies as they are changing, creating an opportunity at Iowa State University to develop innovative curricula and democratize access to these skills. Additional teaching support in the form of an industrial robotic arm would greatly improve instructors’ ability to teach cutting-edge technologies and students’ learning experience. The ability to learn robotic design workflows efficiently and apply them critically will help architecture students now and in the future as they adapt to technological and professional changes. In preparing this proposal, we have spoken with those who would be affected by the additional equipment in the College of Design. The Director of Operations and Systems Support Specialists from the College have been made aware of our CAC application and this proposal reflects their feedback.

Proposed by: Nicholas Senske
Created: 21 Aug 2018
Last Updated: 21 Aug 2018
Status:
In Discussion
Funding Path:
Yes - Computer Advisory Committee (CAC)
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