Discrete Robotic Assemblies

Towards an automated Architecture


  • Manuel Jiménez García Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
  • Gilles Retsin Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
  • Vicente Soler Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London





robotic assemblies, automated architecture


The projects featured in this paper aim to demonstrate the potential of Discrete Robotic Assembly in architecture. Although still in its early stages, this research proves that there is an increase in construction efficiency within a discrete design framework. The research shows how a limited set of assembly possibilities eases the automation of the manufacturing process and leads to a reduction of labour, construction time, and cost. This intrinsic link between discrete design methods and automation hints at a potential shift in the construction industry governed by a new paradigm in computational design, where architectural elements are defined from and for automation.

How to Cite

García, M. J., Retsin, G., & Soler, V. (2019). Discrete Robotic Assemblies: Towards an automated Architecture. SPOOL, 6(1), 35–42. https://doi.org/10.7480/spool.2019.1.3891





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