Monday, March 07, 2011

The architect and the robot are friends

In 1910, French artist Villemard produced a series of illustrations depicting what life might be like in the year 2000. I thought this was fascinating, I remember thinking what it would be like in 2000 back when I was a kid, (I hoped we would be all George Jettson like!)

 Although some of Villemard visions maybe a little out there, others aren't too far off. I don't know if architects are using robots yet but I'm sure one day they will.

In an article published last summer in Icon, called "The Robot and the Architect are Friends," Will Wiles wrote that Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler "have a vision: architecture using robotics to take command of all aspects of construction. Liberated from the sidelines, the profession would be freed to unleash all its creative potential—all thanks to its obedient servants, the robots. But first, architects must learn the robots’ language."

You can see more of Villemards Future in this cool flickr set.
Via bldgblog

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