With the help of local creatives, the University of Canberra and a robot called Yuri, the DESIGN Canberra festival launched on Monday.
The event saw Civic Square transformed, most notably, with a large temporary architecture pavilion created with the use of digital and robotic technologies by the University of Canberra’s staff and first-year architecture students.
The project couldn’t have been completed without the use of technology as each of the structure’s pieces needed to be cut and drilled in just the right places by Yuri the robot for the intricate design to work.
It is because of this reliance on digital technologies that University of Canberra associate professor in architecture and project lead Max Maxwell said the pavilion challenged the idea that craft can only be associated with handwork.
“All of the elements are unique – there are 346 of them and they’re all made out of cardboard tube and all water protected in a water-based sealant.
“All of the tubes are similar in that they are all obviously round tubes of cardboard but their holes and the orientation of the holes are specific to each tube so it can only go together in one way.
“Our role in that is to effectively position tubes within the robotic work cell, and Yuri the robot will do the rest.”
Full article by Amy Martin, Canberra Times here