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Robo[eco]logy

Thesaloniki, Greece
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Robo[eco]logy consists of a theoretical project that analyses the relationship between robotics and architecture as an assemblage and explores the new potential qualities that emerge from it, be it social, philosophical, ethical, political or architectural.

What are the reflections of robotic technology on the architectural discipline? How could the term "architectural robotics" be defined and how could it transform and interact with the contemporary world? How could a technology that was once invented as aggressive, be used in a social way through the architectural discipline? The Robotic systems are increasingly being integrated in the contemporary world. Not as an additive feature but through their symbiotic relationship with human nature. As a feature comparable with the already known reality. But the revolution that will lead to new realities is possible only through bridging the gap between technology and society.

Robotic technology constitutes a field that evolves with immense speed towards multiple directions, and therefore tends to influence every aspect of contemporary reality. The immense profits that this new technology is meant to produce, tends to underline the importance of a political and economic conversation. Not by following the path that science fiction leads, through the predictions of the complete replacement of the human labor, but through raising questions on whether the contemporary machines could be used in a way that they could potentially augment pre-existing social environments and working methods, in a social direction.

Artificial life is capable of finding immediately a place in our world, since it is presented as something obvious, and therefore comparable with the already known reality. As a part of it, capable of being integrated and processing new assemblages. From this point arises the need to question this element that gradually infiltrates and transforms the world that we perceive as non-segmented.

The transformations that are evoked in material and immaterial elements, as consciousness, communities, become subject of external relations. In order to understand our era, it is essential to understand the complexity. And in order to understand this complexity it is essential to understand that what renders this moment different from the others is the speed of the transformation in a new reality that is characterised by associated systems of interaction.