A New Robotic Brutalism
The 3D printer – a Cartesian machine which has long been defined as characterless – is in fact highly distinctive: it is an apparatus with integrity, personality, limitations, and formal rigor. The Additive Architectural Elements project aims to reveal the 3D printer’s highly idiosyncratic architectural tectonics and narratives. Choosing common-place prototypical architectural motifs such as floors, columns, doors, windows, walls, and ceilings, HANNAH developed strategies as to how the layering of concrete, the relentless three-dimensional drawing of extruded lines of material, and the act of corbelling can suggest new strategies for building. The question is: what is the architecture of 3D printed concrete?
Additive Architectural Elements – A New Robotic Brutalism (2016–2017)
HANNAH w/ Cornell Robotic Construction Laboratory (RCL)
HANNAH: Leslie Lok & Sasa Zivkovic (co-principals)
Project Team Christopher Battaglia, Jeremy Bilotti (photography co-lead), Reuben Chen (photography co-lead), Stephen Clond (fabrication co-lead), Ainslie Cullen, Gary Esposito, Justin Foo, Charisse Fu (PLA model co-lead), Jessica Jiang (drawing lead), Alexandre Mecattaf (fabrication co-lead), Hanxi Wang (PLA model co-lead)
Exhibition Design Team: Stephen Clond, Alexandre Mecattaf, Cait McCarthy
Cornell Robotic Construction Laboratory (RCL): Sasa Zivkovic (director)
This project and exhibition received generous support from the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) and the AAP Department of Architecture.
Special Thanks to: Dean Kent Kleinman, Department Chair Andrea Simitch, Mark Cruvellier, Frank Parish, Beth Sprankle, Villa Additiva option studio, the faculty and staff at College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cornell University