The Ever Growth project was part of The Italian Stone Theatre, a pavilion developed with the Ministry for Economic Development MISE, ICE-Agency, and Confindustria Marmomacchine, highlighted the interaction between natural stone, design experimentation, and technology. The International Stone Summit, the main stone worldwide association focused on future
developments in the sector. Marmomac, 25-29 September 2017 in Verona, Italy, reported another year of growth on all fronts.
“Approximately 1,650 companies (64% international from 56 countries) attracting 68,000 people from 147 countries,” said Maurizio Danese, president of Veronafiere.
The Ever Growth project is the outcome of long-term research carried out by Federico Rossi at the Digital Architecture and Robotic Lab at the London South Bank University, see figures 1-3.
DARLAB goals is examining the changes in the requirements for architectural production that result from the introduction of digital manufacturing techniques. Research interest lies in combining data and material, and the resulting implications this has on architectural design.
The possibility of directly fabricating building components designed on a computer expands not only the range of possibilities for construction, but, by the direct implementation of material and production logic into the design process. The main areas of research focuses on additive
digital fabrication techniques used for building standardised architectural components. The objective is to develop integration between new materials, and new tools to develop innovative construction fabrication processes to increase sustainability.
In Ever Growth there is a particular application of Alan Turing chemical pattern formationfig.4- a tri-dimensional pattern used to carve the stone with a robotic arm. The principle of the algorithm is to reduce the cutting time –fig.5- versus the amount the material removed. Subtractive robotic milling -fig.6- is a long-term research topic carried out to reduce costs,
minimize energy consumption and minimize the waste of material.