Lectured at the Architecture Faculty of Porto University between May 17 and May 21, the workshop Walls + Robots was held as an introduction to the use of robotic fabrication in architecture. Here, the participants explored the design and construction of a non-standard masonry wall with the help of digital technologies.
Divided in three days, the aim for the first day was the development of three different masonry solutions, each considering a specific movement of the bricks – parallel offset, perpendicular offset and rotation. After the design, the trainees were thought how to retrieve and prepare the data from the digital model to be executed by the robotic arm. In the following two days, three solutions, one for each category, were selected from the pool of proposals were fabricated by the robot and assembled for display at Fernando Távora’s Auditorium at the Architecture Faculty.