Host

The 6th eCAADe Regional International Symposium 2018 will be hosted by the Department of Architecture, School of Engineering, University of Cyprus, Cyprus.  

Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture is one of the four departments of School of Engineering at the University of Cyprus. It is a rapidly growing department that intends to become an outstanding academic center of studies in the wider European region. A central aspect of the philosophy of the department, is the concept of integrated design that intends to achieve a balance and a sound foundation in various design and research areas, formulating the architecture discipline. Within this framework, one of the department’s strong interests is in the area of digital architectural design and fabrication and for this reason, various laboratories dedicated to the promotion and development of digital production have been established and continuously expanded. These include a computer lab, a laser cutter lab, a 3d printer lab as well as a newly established robotic construction laboratory.

Research Laboratory for Digital Developments in Architecture and Prototyping – d2AP Lab

The d2AP (www.okont.com) was founded in 2010 at the Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus by Dr. Odysseas Kontovourkis. Its role is to promote computational design and fabrication within both a local and a global context, through the exploration of digital strategies in the design and construction of complex, non-standard, three-dimensional architectural systems, towards sustainable growth. Specifically, it focuses on the development of integrative computational design and fabrication mechanisms introduced in research towards exploration and multi-objective analysis of architectural design and construction systems according to sustainability criteria. Directions of investigation include: Computational design and digital fabrication, Robots in sustainable construction, Additive manufacturing, Architectural multi-objective analysis, Pedestrian movement behavior modeling and circulation design, Adaptation and interaction in architectural systems and Theory of design process and the use of computers.

An indispensable part of the d2AP Lab is the Robotic Construction Research Laboratory that was established in 2014, a lab that is fully dedicated to the promotion of advanced fabrication solutions in the area of robotic fabrication. The lab is engaged in the development of innovative solutions for sustainable construction, using robotic principles. In order to achieve this, new construction methodologies, materials and automations are investigated. Specifically, the lab implements techniques in the field of computational design and multi-objective analysis for the construction of complex, non-standard design solutions aiming to introduce and achieve active involvement of robots in the manufacturing process. Currently, the research in this direction addresses complex construction issues in order to ensure accuracy and reduction of manufacturing defects as well as to achieve flexibility, economy and ecology of the material used. The laboratory is equipped with a 6-axis ABB IRB 2600 industrial robot.

The team of d2AP Lab consists of researchers and PhD students who are involved in teaching and research activities in the field of computational design and fabrication with emphasis on robotic construction. The lab is located in the old city of Nicosia, the capital and the largest city in Cyprus.