Robot Architecture

Robot Architecture 

Motivational Environments, in cooperation with the Aedes Gallery in Berlin,  the Technical University in Braunschweig, and the Penn Design Masters Research studio, created a  multi-year interdisciplinary project for  students to apply their knowledge of design and  robotics to benefit the environment.  With the vision to "understand  and predict changes in the Earth's environment and conserve and manage  coastal and marine resources to meet our nation's economic, social, and  environmental needs," the project is focused  on the plastics and other waste that accumulate to create the Great  Pacific Garbage Patch. Through an understanding of environmental  factors, infrastructure, and robotics, students are developing and  designing recycled building units as they explore the extent  to which robotic architecture can interact with the environment.  They  are discovering how to apply their talents in ways that have a meaningful impact on the world.

Below are some examples of nature-inspired robotic architecture that can be used to clear pollutants from the sea.  


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