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Watch a Swarm of Flying Robots Build a 6-Meter Brick Tower

What happens when you put a bunch of roboticists and architects together in an empty art gallery?

D'Andrea, an IEEE Fellow and IEEE Spectrum editorial board member, is known for his amazing robotic sculptures and flying robot stunts, and Gramazio and Kohler, who run their own design studio, are pioneers in bringing together robotics and architecture.

(More technical details here.) When a robot's battery runs low, it automatically lands on a charger and a new quadrotor takes its place.

It would have a height of 600 meters and living space for 30,000 people, with each 'brick' housing up to three floors of apartments as well as stores, cinemas, and gyms.

If you don't like the idea of having 29,999 other people living less than 7 minutes away, you may take some comfort in the fact that the village would be everything but densely packed: Looking out your window to the interior of the tower, the other side would be more than 300 meters away, and while shielding wind, the porous structure would allow for plenty of sunlight from all directions.

Even with this correction, precise brick placement is extremely challenging due to the turbulent aerodynamics involved (ground effect, air cushions forming between bricks).

At a total height of 60 bricks, even a tiny 0.5mm difference in brick height could translate into an error of 3cm - and a dangerously unstable (and very ugly) tower without the right glue.

Kohler) Rendering of the completed vertical village at the selected location: A rural area close to Gare de Meuse, 59 minutes from the center of Paris by high-speed TGV train.

Flight Assembled Architecture consists of over 1.500 modules which are placed by a multitude of quadrotor helicopters, collaborating according to mathematical algorithms that translate digital design data to the behavior of the flying machines.

In this way, the flying vehicles, together, extend themselves as “living” architectural machines and complete the composition from their dynamic formation of movement and building performance.

Within the build, an architectural vision of a 600m high “vertical village” for 30’000 inhabitants unfolds as model in 1:100 scale.

This newly founded village is located in the rural area of Meuse, taking advantage of an existing TGV connection that brings its inhabitants to Paris in less than one hour.

Flight Assembled Architecture consists of over 1.500 modules which are placed by a multitude of quadrotor helicopters, collaborating according to mathematical algorithms that translate digital design data to the behavior of the flying machines.

In this way, the flying vehicles, together, extend themselves as “living” architectural machines and complete the composition from their dynamic formation of movement and building performance.