From Additive Manufacturing to Architecture

This year's semester topic "From Additive Manufacturing to Architecture" is a project offered in cooperation with Prof. Florian Nagler, as well as the Technical University of Braunschweig, Prof. Helga Blocksdorf and Prof. Norman Hack, and is associated with the Collaborative Research Center, Additive Manufacturing in Construction, TRR277.

Additive Manufacturing (AM) offers a variety of technological perspectives that will influence all aspects of building construction in the future: materiality, structure, detailing, thermal envelope, building climate. Based on the AM technologies currently being developed, three currently relevant topics are to be addressed in the architectural design project: the creation of living space, urban densification, and sustainable building. At the beginning of this project work, the different methods of AM will be studied, and then structural principles and parameters will be derived. An inner-city residential building will be designed with this “toolbox” of AM methods. The focus is on the development of an intelligent construction configuration and a robust apartment typology. Structures should be developed that find a balance between durability, material justice, resource conservation, and flexible, spatial playability, and that take up the need for sustainability in various facets.

Following the project in the summer semester, specialization will be offered in the winter semester 2022/23, in which sections of the design can be additively manufactured on a scale of 1:1 in the Additive Manufacturing in Construction Laboratory of the TU Munich. Due to the amount of work involved, the design is worked on in groups of two students.

The cooperation with the Technical University of Braunschweig requires mutual attendance of face-to-face events. For this purpose, an excursion to Braunschweig to visit the construction site with an overnight stay is planned, which is applied for as an excursion and for which the total personal costs per student are expected to be around €100-200. The final presentation will take place at Bayrische Landwirtschaft Herrsching, Ammersee. The arrival and departure is planned by the students themselves.

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Integrated Seminar: 
Robotic Fabrication in Architecture

Teaching Team:
Professorship for Digital Fabrication, TU Munich
Prof. Dr. Kathrin Dörfler
DI Julia Fleckenstein
Chair for Architectural Design and Construction, TU Munich
Prof. Florian Nagler
DI Anne Niemann
ITE / Institute for Structural Design, TU Braunschweig
Prof. Dr. Norman Hack
Philipp Rennen, M.Sc.
Institute for Building Construction, TU Braunschweig
Prof. Helga Blocksdorf
DI Moritz Scheible

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