ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Gramazio Kohler Research

Flight Assembled Architecture Revisited – Inhabiting the Virtual

Flight Assembled Architecture, a six-hundred-meter-high pedestrian ideal city for 30’000 inhabitants, has been conceived by Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler as interdisciplinary project with Raffaello D’Andrea in 2012. Its meta-structure would be erected, continuously reconfigured and finally dismantled by autonomous flying drones. For the Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture exhibition Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich has updated the former project by populating the vertical city with autonomous virtual humans in collaboration with the Computer Vision and Learning Group at ETH Zurich. In a juxtaposition between the real and the virtual, the audience witnesses virtual life within the city. The life unfolds in real-time thanks to computer-generated avatars. Thanks to artificial intelligence, they find their own route within the generated architectural environment. Visitors can observe from distance or from a first-person perspective life inside of a fully rendered utopia in juxtaposition with the original 6m high 1:100 scale city model.

Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Computer Vision and Learning Group, ETH Zurich

Human Motion Model

Human Body Model

Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Siyu Tang

Team Members
Sarah Schneider, Romana Rust, Yan Zhang, Jonathan Lehner, Maximilian Rietschel, Alessandra Gabaglio, Gonzalo Casas, Michael Lyrenmann

NVIDIA, Germany
Lenovo, Austria

Flight Assembled Architecture, 2011‑2012
Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D`Andrea in cooperation with ETH Zurich.
Client: FRAC Centre
Consulting: Chair of Building Physics, Prof. Jan Carmeliet, ETH Zurich; Empa; Dr. Lüchinger + Meyer Bauingenieure AG; Amstein + Walthert AG.