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  • MM: The Robot as an Architectural Element of Today

    Benjamin ENNEMOSER, "MM: The Robot as an Architectural Element of Today."
    innsbruck AUSTRIA

    University of Innsbruck
    advisor: Michael WIHART.
    critics: Michael WIHART, Boštjan VUGA, & Stefano de MARTINO.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Benjamin ENNEMOSER: This project is about the speculation on applied robotics in architecture. The robots are fully integrated building parts which behave like animated characters and change the topology and gestalt of the architecture over time. These processes are linked to our digital environment and should live up to the habits in popular culture and society.

    In the case of the Dinosaur Extension at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, this speculation was applied. The spatial robots negotiate with architectural elements, like the void, window, entrance, column, ramp and envelope, due to their responsive protocols and react in real time to the behavior of the visitor. On the basis of a participatory turn, the articulation and spatial scenarios are manipulated by the collective attendance of the visitors. Besides the exhibition area, the Extension includes several research facilities, where prototypes and plug-ins for the spatial robots are produced. Overall, there are four different robots, which differ in their size, rhythm and movement based on their function and location in the architectural composition.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    BE: Vladimir Tatlin; Michael Wihart; Greg Lynn; Michio Kaku; Neri Oxman; Ben Procter; Die Angewandte, Vienna; and Soft Robotics.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    BE: Reading: Mario Carpo; Lars Spuybroek; Antoine Picon; Kari Jormakka; and Greg Lynn. Listening to: Giorgio Moroder; Daft Punk; Ludovico Enaudi; The Glitch Mob;and alt-J.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
    BE: Greg Lynn; Michael Wihart; Lars Spuybroek; François Roche; Neri Oxman; Jeremy Rifkin; and Kas Oosterhuis.

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