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Robot House

Peter Testa


An in-depth survey, manual and manifesto of breathtaking new techniques for designing and building, written by one of the most important voices in contemporary architecture

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Robotics is the fastest-growing and most exciting area of development in architecture and architectural education for a generation, offering new paradigms for design and fabrication. Schools and practices around the world are engaging robotics and this publication offers new insights into the full design potential of their application.

Robot House features projects produced by one of the most innovative robotics design studios in the world, often interacting with a wide range of technologies from motion capture to material science—a realm far beyond conventional 3D modeling and the capabilities of 3D printing. The book has three central sections: Techniques, which sets out the fields and the thinking that underlie the new uses for robotics; Projects, which offers detailed presentations that explore how these principles can be applied and augmented through interactive prototypes and working models; and Platforms, which presents the working tools for used for this new genre of improvisational robotics through specially drawn technical illustrations. The introduction frames the current developments in the history of architectural innovation, and the reference section includes a glossary and diagrams.

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Further Details


Format: Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)

Size: 25.0 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 336 pp

Illustrations: 500

Publication date: 8 June 2017

ISBN: 9780500343159

About the Author

Peter Testa is founding partner of Testa & Weiser, an architecture studio known for conceptual and technical breakthroughs, and is a senior design faculty member of SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture). Author of three books, he has lectured extensively in the United States and Europe, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the MIT Innovation in Teaching Award and the Design Arts Award of the National Endowment for the Arts. His work is in the permanent collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and is exhibited at museums worldwide.

Greg Lynn is founder of the design practice FORM, and pioneered the fabrication and manufacture of complex functional and ergonomic forms using CNC machinery. He has been named one of the world’s ten most influential living architects by Forbes magazine and is recipient of the Golden Lion Award at Venice Biennale of Architecture. His work is in the permanent collections of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Museum of Modern Arts, among other international institutions.

Eric Owen Moss, principal of Eric Owen Moss Architects, was director of SCI-Arc between 2002 and 2015. He has received numerous awards and prizes in the field of architecture, including, most recently, the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Art.

List of Contributors

Greg Lynn, Eric Owen Moss