ETH Zurich Research Robot Artificial Intelligence Hanging Gardens
ETH Zurch researchers have partnered with Müller Illien Landscape Architects, Timbatec and other partners to construct hanging gardens that stand 74-feet-tall. It consists of five geometrically complex wooden pods that are slightly offset from each other and supported by eight thin steel pillars. This installation, named after the Babylonian queen, is being designed and built using innovative digital methods, including robots as well as artificial intelligence. Read more for a video and additional information.

Four suspended robotic arms are always in sync and capable of each picking up the wooden panels assigned to them before performing high-​precision movements and finally putting them into place according to the computer design. An algorithm then calculates the movements of the robots so that no collisions occur during execution. Once thee four panels are placed next to each other, they are temporarily joined before being glued together with a special casting resin.

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ETH Zurich Research Robot Artificial Intelligence Hanging Gardens

The computer model lets us reverse the conventional design process and explore the full design scope for a project. This leads to new, often surprising geometries,” said Matthias Kohler, Professor of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich.