A Fully Automated Platform

  • Shortlisted proposal for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale by Design Computation Lab (The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL) with multi-disciplinary collaborators
  • A platform to fill the automation gap between how we produce our built environment, and how we live
  • Exploring the economic dimensions of a fully automated industry

London, United Kingdom - The construction industry is one of the least automated industries in the world, yet automated technologies are becoming a larger part of our everyday lives. We are also experiencing a global skills shortage which is predicted to worsen in the UK especially, due to Brexit. To address and explore these questions, Design Computation Lab in conjunction with contributors have developed BOT, a fully automated platform which was recently shortlisted as a proposal for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

BOT will crawl, inform, extract, produce, store and distribute.

The proposal divides the pavilion into four zones (inform, extract, produce, distribute) to enable co-production and co-curation. Across these zones, BOT’s purpose is to inform and bring the public awareness of how technology and automation is used in the production of the built environment, with a focus on housing and the potential of automation in design and construction. To this end, BOT curates, creates, produces and distributes its content by receiving/crawling for data, and 2D/3D printing of obtained data.

BOT builds public awareness.

In collaboration with Tactical Tech (Berlin) and FutureEverything (Manchester), BOT also offers workshops, and an immersive self-learning space to explore ubiquitous, everyday technology as data extraction platforms. The proposal explores how in the era of Alexa and other ‘smart’ devices, we increasingly accept that we buy the right to use products instead of actually owning them. BOT visualises how the data we share consciously or inadvertently is defining the information we see and influences our perception of the world.

AUAR Labs, UCL aka Mollie Claypool, Manuel Jimenez Garcia, Gilles Retsin, Vicente Soler; Tactical Tech aka Alistair Campbell, Stephanie Hankey, Sophie Macpherson, Marek Tuszynski; FutureEverything aka Irini Papadimitrou with partners Onassis Foundation; The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; Automata; Formlabs; The Building Centre (London); The Architecture Centre (Bristol)


About Tactical Tech:
Tactical Tech is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation working at the intersection of technology, human rights and civil liberties. We provide trainings, conduct research and create cultural interventions that contribute to the wider socio-political debate around digital security, privacy and the ethics of data.

About FutureEverything:
We strive to be at the forefront of digital culture, harnessing art and participatory experiences as a lens to reflect on the world around us. Evolving from annual festival to innovation lab and cultural agency, we’re passionate about bringing people together to discover, share and experience new ideas for the future.