Toward autonomous architecture: The convergence of digital design, robotics, and the built environment

The way we design, construct, and inhabit buildings is changing—moving toward greater integration of robotic and autonomous systems that challenge our preconceived notions of how buildings are made, what they are, or what they should be.

The built environment of the future will be fundamentally different from that of today. Progress in robotics and autonomous systems (RAS), and more broadly computer science (CS), is unifying the activities of design and construction by bringing the designer and the maker closer together. As architecture embraces greater levels of autonomy to address industry needs for greater productivity, understanding the future role of design is important, particularly in consideration of human activity and values.

Science Robotics  26 Apr 2017:
Vol. 2, Issue 5, eaan3686
DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aan3686