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Robotic City


speculations for a robotic city


Project Type_Vision/Book
Team_Caglar Gokbulut, Francesca Martellono, Yayun Liu

The Robotic City book questions the future of technologies and how those could change the planet and the way we inhabit our cities, because we believe that technology is an important component in the future of the humanity and urban planning.

what if we envision a city where everything is managed and maintained by robots?

From pop culture to scientific research and applications, we have mapped the evolution and advances of robotic technologies and the place they take in our cities in order to develop a library of speculations. The library is composed of future potential scenarios – from utopian to dystopia, from near to far future, form auto-, robo-, nano- to geno-.
Along with 29 students from TU Delft, we have produced a series of visions exploring what are the potentials and spatial implications of the robotic city in order to develop unique and cutting edge narratives and future urban scenarios. How they change the form of the streets, infrastructure, house, urban blocks, neighborhoods, landscapes, etc? How do the redefine built forms, leisure, mobility, public space and all other layers of the city?

Catalogue of Robots (Black: Existing Robots Red: Speculative Robots)

what if we use drones as the only transportation method in the city?

ego mobility

Imagine a city in which every journey is an ego one. What if people can go directly wherever they want to go without caring about others? Robotic ego drones become a human-made species. They coexist with human. They help carrying people directly from departure to destination. When they are not occupied, they can rest in their nests on the building facades, or gather around on the big trees to get recharged for future journeys.

what if all the surfaces in the city are adaptable to needs of accessibility, transportation and circulation?

adaptive fabric

Imagine a city built with adaptive fabric. What if floors, walls and any surface are not rigid anymore? What if all the surfaces can transform according to human body movement? Robotic fabric modules automatically react to the real-time needs of the inhabitants. The city becomes a continuous adaptive fabric where accessibility is maximized.

What if the city infrastructure dissolves into programs and the programs always keep moving according to real-time needs of different users?

(non)Stop city

Imagine a city where nothing stops moving. What if the city infrastructuredissolves into programs? What if programs always keep moving according to real-time needs of different users? No vehicles. No fixed floors, nor roofs. Robotic platforms become a new supporting surface that keeps transporting users and programs together. Robotic cloud becomes an adaptive building material to shape the spaces, and serves as a personal data and item storage.

Speculations for the Robotic City is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
developed at Master in City and Technology in 2016 by:
Students: Mohit Chaugule, Chiara Dall’Olio, Ilkim Er, Çaglar Gokbulut, Mayra López, Rahul Pudale, Seda Tugutlu, Sherine Zein & Cheghuai Zhou
Faculty: Winy Maas and Adrien Ravon