Digital Design & Robotic Construction

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Welcome to the Robot Lab, home of the Digital Production Research Studio (DPRS) at the AUAS Faculty of Technology. The lab is a place where students, teachers and researchers innovate the design and fabrication of physical products and small constructions, while working on challenges from companies and governmental institutions within the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region. Many of these projects explore how we can contribute to Amsterdam’s transition to a fully circular economy, using our industrial robots and reclaimed material streams to produce circular solutions and business cases.


In July 2020, the Robot Lab will host its first Summer School, open to local/international students and young practitioners. For this event, the DPRG will work in a unique collaboration with UNstudio an international architectural design network with offices in Amsterdam, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Frankfurt, specializing in architecture, interior architecture, product design, urban development and infrastructural projects. The DPRS and UNstudio will work together with the Summer School participants at the Robot Lab, to design and build street furniture prototype(s) out of reclaimed wood, using 3d computational design tools and industrial robot arms. This street furniture will help launch UNstudio’s sustainable re-development initiative “the Green Mile” located in one of the main access roads of Amsterdam, the Stadhouderskade.


Are you interested in innovative designs and fabrication processes? Do you want to explore their potential and contribution for a more sustainable environment? Will you join us designing and building furniture prototypes to launch a much-needed greening project for the city of Amsterdam? Please enrol!


Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
6 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020
level Bachelor / Undergraduate
Credits 3.0 ECTS
Program fee 1,100 EUR
Accommodation fee 420 EUR
Extra information about the fee:
There is a discount of €50 for early bird (apply before 1 April) and for students coming from a partner university or students of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Housing costs are €420 for a double room and €465 for a single room. Apply before 1 May 2020 to be guaranteed of housing.
Application deadline 1 May 2020
Entry requirements:
The Summer school “Digital Design & Robotic Construction” is meant for advanced students (Bachelor and Master Level) and Professionals who are familiar with 3d computational design and/or robotic technology.

Our aim is to work in multi-disciplinary teams, so we encourage applications from different backgrounds. However, given the nature of the assignment and our hands-on approach of working, the following personal characteristics are important:

- Curiosity
- Hands-on approach
- Strong analytical skills
- Affinity with computer programming (we use Rhino3D and Grasshopper and an ABB industrial robot arm)
- Excellent team-work
- Ability to apply theory to practice

The course will be taught in English, so a basic level of understanding is required.
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