A group of quadcopters design and build a three-dimensional woven structure in real-time utilizing SLAM for localisation. The quadcopters operate in an autonomous and choreographed manner, adapting to the spatial specifics of this environment, which although indoors, was not undertaken utilizing global positioning(such as Vicon or GPS). By fabricating the instalation in-situ, a 3-dimensional weave of threads can be constructed that would not be achievable with conventional factory weaving machines. The ability for aerial robots to adapt construction activities to any siteoffers up new opportunities for architectural design. The design research exploits the structural capability of tension cables to span over large distances, both horizontally and vertically, while maintaining structural integrity. The research explores the possibility of combining structure and space within one design system that is based on principles of connectivity, weaving and bundling, where design and construction are specific to site, and take place in parallel.

AADRL Aerial Woven Installation
AA School of Architecture, London
post-professional masters design research

Robert Stuart-Smith

Studio technical consultant:
Tyson Hosmer
Manos Matsis

Advisory consultants:
AKT2 Structural Engineering

Alejandra Rojas
Karthikeyan Arunachalam
Maria Garcia
Melhem Sfeir