Mechanized Bees Will Build Brick Tower
November 28, 2011
In what will resemble a scene from any post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie, albeit in miniature, a fleet of flying robots will lift into place 1,500 polystyrene foam bricks to construct a 6-meter tall, 3.5-meter wide structure. The installation, programmed by Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler, will begin December 2, with construction running through February 19, at which point the stabilized helicopters would have built the undulating tower pictured below. According to the architects, the work, entitled ‘Flight Assembled Architecture,’ will address “radical new ways of thinking and materializing architecture as a physical process of dynamic formation,” with a theoretical goal of scaling up the choppers and equipping them with GPS to assemble future megastructures.