Impassioned technologists and designers from around the world gathered in Sweden last week to rethink the future of building.
The first thing that caught my eye at this year’s Smartgeometry was the sandpit. Occupying the center of a giant warehouse at the Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenburg, Sweden, where the event took place last week, the 12-foot-by-15-foot container was brimming with six tons of sand and a fleet of autonomous robots, each of which resembled a small, plastic front loader complete with little caterpillar tracks and a bucket.
NASA is currently evaluating whether similar robots could dig habitable architecture from the soil of Mars, said Richard Maddock, an associate and member of the Specialist Modeling Group (SMG) at Foster + Partners, in London. If NASA builds a base on Mars, one challenge—of many—is that it takes 20 minutes to communicate between there and Earth. With such latency, the robots can’t wait for instructions from a foreperson on Earth. Instead, they’ll have to make their own decisions about how to construct a shelter from the materials they find on the planet’s surface.
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