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Design-to-Robotic-Production and -Operation of bio-cyber-physical planetoids for interaction with spontaneous repopulation in residual spaces

Bio(-cyber)-physical Planetoid

Computational strategy
Landscape Urbanism and Robotic Building lab @TUD

The project aims to stimulate both biodiversity and social accessibility of residual spaces through minimum interventions consisting of 0.5-1-meter diameter ‘planetoids’ that support the life that is already existing at respective locations as well as initiate new life.

By studying micro-climates typical of the leftover spaces, new habitats are developed for various animal and plant species. The interventions take shape in form of 0.5-1-meter diameter ‘planetoids’ placed on different locations where all living things are treated as social actors . The ’planetoids’ are prototyped using Design-to-Robotic-Production and -Operation (D2RPO) techniques . D2RP is implemented in this project by means of parametric design and robotic production and operation involving 3D printing. The material is bioplastic from wood waste. Furthermore, D2RO techniques are implemented for the sensor-actuator systems integrated in order to track microclimates within and around the ‘planetoids’. Each sensor-actuator circuit focuses on one ‘planetoid’, measuring temperature, humidity and/or light. Temperature and humidity actuators are placed in the ‘planetoids’, to allow for specific control in terms of irrigation, protection from the sun, etc. Data is streamed to an app, on which users can read, act upon, and interact with the ‘planetoids’ and their microclimates, which creates a bio-cyber-physical environment. While D2RP has been completed D2RO is still work in progress.

Landscape Urbanism and Robotic Building lab @TUD

The Technical University Delft (TUD) is the largest and oldest Dutch public technological university ranked in the top 20 best universities for engineering and technology worldwide. The Robotic Building (RB) lab has been established in 2014 as the first robotic lab in the Faculty of Architecture at TUD, which is ranked 3rd in the world. For this project, RB collaborates with Landscape Urbanism and employs the printing system of 3D-Robot Printing.