Opening reception: Wednesday Sept 30, 7pm

For many years, designers have relied on digital manufacturing processes such as CNC milling or 3D printing as a tool for formal research at model scale. Gramazio & Kohler’s work, developed through their research at ETH Zurich Faculty of Architecture, investigates the potential use on the building site of industrial robots typically employed to assemble automobiles and perform other high-precision tasks. The accuracy, strength and speed of these robots allow them to fabricate architectural forms of unprecedented complexity and intricacy.

On 30 September, Storefront for Art and Architecture will inaugurate an exhibition in its Kenmare St. gallery space on Gramazio & Kohler’s ongoing research into digital fabrication in architecture at ETH Zurich Faculty of Architecture. On Oct 5, construction will begin on Pike Loop, the first architecture project in the US to be digitally fabricated on site. The installation will be built by R-O-B, a robotic digital fabrication unit housed in a shipping container.

From 5 through 26 October, R-O-B will build, in full view of the public, an installation on Pike St. (map) using 7,000 bricks. Visitors will be able to witness the robotic fabrication unit in operation daily from 11am to 7pm. Further information and updates on the progress of construction can be found on Storefront’s website.

Pike Loop is coordinated through the Urban Art Program, an initiative of New York City’s Department of Transportation intended to invigorate the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. As part of the World Class Streets initiative, art will help foster more vibrant and attractive streets and offer the public new ways to experience New York City’s streetscape.
ETH Zurich Faculty of Architecture Sponsors
Keller AG Ziegeleien
USM Modular Furniture
General Shale Brick Inc.
Sika Switzerland AG
Swiss International Airlines

This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Consulate General of Switzerland in New York
Pro Helvetia
New York State Council on the Arts
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Engineering services generously provided by Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, P.C.

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