The Augmented Fabrication Lab (Tenure Track Assistant Professorship of Digital Fabrication) is a newly founded research group at TUM working at the interface of architecture, robotics, and human-computer interaction.
We focus on the synthetic integration of creative and technological objectives in the design and fabrication of buildings, and investigate how robotic technologies and digital tools can play an unexpected, synergetic role in these processes. By exploring both human-robot collaboration and mobile fabrication on site, we aim to shift the focus from the vision of total automation to broader collaborative frames and to what was once considered the automation’s “constitutive outside”. We are particularly interested in utilising augmented reality technologies and their impact to the communication and information exchange between humans and machines for fabrication.
The group, led by Dr. Kathrin Dörfler, is based at the Department of Architecture and affiliated with the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering. The group aims to establish a continuity between research and design, where both types of intellectual production overlap and reinforce one another. The offered seminar and design research studio is connected to the larger research direction of the professorship and combines disciplinary knowledge of architecture, robotics and human-computer interaction. The goal is to position students not as consumers of digital tools, but as leading creatives and innovators in this field.