April 30th, 2012

Mark Wilson, Holy Crap: This MIT Robot Might One Day Weave A Building

[…] the Mediated Matter Group from MIT Media Lab is training a robot to weave web-like architecture, similar to the way a silkworm creates cocoons (via co.DESIGN)

This is one of those times when people fail to see the larger implications. It’s not amazing to imagine a robot weaving buildings, what’s amzing is considering the weaving of new build space around, between, or on top off existing buildings.

All real cities are an aggregation of the new and the old, and generally we don’t bulldoze the old and start from scratch. But imagine robotic spiders creating web-based connections between skyscrapers, or spinning new off-ramps from bridges.