Robotic legs help Chinese building ‘walk’ to new home

Robotic innovations have created new forms of construction that could become the norm in the future. In recent days, it was announced tha...

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Robotic innovations have created new forms of construction that could become the norm in the future.

In recent days, it was announced that the city of Huangpu, in Shanghai, has become the first city in China to implement the use of robotic legs to lift and move buildings from one place to another.

In a historical event, a building over 80 years old has managed to be saved by means of special machinery that implements robotic legs that simulate the gait of a human being.

How will robotic legs help in the preservation of old buildings? Discover it here!

  • Shanghai’s Huangpu City has made history by being home to the first building to ‘walk’
  • For the first time in history, they manage to lift a complete building from the ground more than 80 years old
  • With this technology, it is expected to more effectively protect the historic buildings of the Asian country

The portal CNN has released a historical fact: Huangpu City, Shanghai, has taken the first step towards a new way to build new buildings and preserve the nation’s architectural heritage.

Now, Shanghai residents will be able to walk through the city of Huangpu and come across a scene never seen before: a building that ‘walks’.

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It is an invention that has allowed the entire 85-year-old building to be preserved through the implementation of robotic legs, with which the building has ‘walked’ towards its new destination.

To get the five-story building up, the engineers behind the project placed around 200 movable bases that act as robotic legs.

These have been programmed to perform alternating movements up and down that, in practice, mimic the gait of a human being.

Inside the robotic legs sensors have been placed that allow to control the way in which the building moves; its creators have defined the process as “giving the building crutches so that it can stand up and start walking.”

In just 18 days, the implementation of the robotic legs has allowed the building in question to ‘walk’ 203 feet to its new location.

Is it possible to preserve historical heritage with these robotic legs?

One of the main goals of this robotic innovation is to help preserve historic buildings.

The site where the robotic legs have been deployed has housed Lagena Elementary School for 85 years, dating back to 1935 and a business and shopping complex is expected to be built in 2023.

According to CNN, one of the main effects that have resulted from China’s rapid urbanization has been the destruction of historic buildings, which have been replaced with skyscrapers.

Thus, the question has focused on the measures that can be implemented to preserve the architecture and heritage of the oldest buildings, instead of considering their demolition as the first option.

In an effort to contribute to the preservation of historic buildings, China passed a law in 1976 calling for architectural conservation, which has allowed numerous buildings to remain intact, despite the country’s urban growth.

However, the urbanization process remains one of the main threats to China’s architectural heritage.

Only between the 1990s and 2010s, according to reports from the China Daily newspaper, the destruction of more than 1,000 acres of historic alleys and traditional houses could be observed in Beijing, which today has become one of the most visited and most sought-after cities. by large companies to conduct business.

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Robotic innovations in house construction: the case of Belgium and houses built with 3D printing

While China’s efforts have focused on the nation’s historical heritage, robotic innovations are presented as one of the opportunities to expand the horizon of housing construction as we know it.

Just last month, one of the most ambitious projects in terms of construction was unveiled: the erection of an entire house using only a 3D printer.

It happened in Antwerp, Belgium, where a company managed to create a two-story house from scratch.

Emiel Ascione, director of the project in charge of the construction company Kamp C, explained to the press that “What makes this house unique is that we printed it with a concrete printer in 3D”.

He also said that “Other houses that were printed in other parts of the world only have one floor. In many of the cases, the components were printed in a factory and assembled at the construction site. We, however, print the entire roof of the house in one piece and at the construction site. “

This printer required a series of maintenance and updates to operate properly and, above all, autonomous.

These types of robotic innovations are so effective that their use can be programmed to require a small group of people under supervision; in Belgium, the printing process only required the presence of one person to supervise the operation of the computer in charge of the printing program.

In both China and Belgium, the construction processes via 3D printing and erection of the building with the use of robotic legs has optimized both the resources available to achieve the objectives of historic preservation and reduction of waste.

3D printed house Photo: Shutterstock

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