GOING INTO THE CODE
What is most needed to realise the project with the working title Parawood – On-site Parametric Robotic Fabrication of Timber Constructions is programming. For this reason, Jens has spent many hours writing code. He is a self-taught programmer and has had experience as a computational designer at AKT II, in London, where he, among others, advised BIG and Heatherwick on the construction of the new Google headquarters in Charleston, San Francisco.
The next stage involves user testing of the newly developed software with students from Aarhus School of Architecture, and others, in the school’s workshop facilities.
‘Our aim is to give the software platform an uncomplicated user interface that does not require specialised knowledge. This will make possible on site adaptation of the timber at the construction site. For architects, this may affect the very design process, as robots can then suddenly become part of the sketching process.’