Circularity Park - ETH Zürich

The educational trail for circular economy is located in the circularity park. This park is a robotically constructed retaining wall and public terraced landscape.

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The project was conceptualized over a one-year period based on ongoing research in on-site automated robotic construction in Oberglatt. An autonomous excavator, HEAP (Hydraulic Excavator for Autonomous Purpose), equipped with many sensors, was used for the construction.
This project builds upon ongoing research at the ETH Zurich in autonomous (independent) construction and architecture and incorporates material and construction innovations by the Eberhard Company.  Many groups came together, specializing in robotics, digital building, digital landscaping, to design and realize the park.

The two ongoing research projects “Robotic Aggregation of Found Objects” and “Robotic Landscaping” at the ETH Zurich investigate how to enable autonomous robotic construction processes directly on the construction site with natural building materials and local excavation material. Additionally, a team utilized 3D printing to make innovative forms. These forms were then used to make the benches that you can sit on.

The park shows how we can use new design strategies, available materials, and robotic building methods to build more sustainably for the future!

We wish you lots of fun at the Circularity Park at ETH Zurich. For the best experience please visit the Park in Oberglatt: There you an explore interactive the Educational Trail of circular econony and take part in an exciting quiz. We hope you will also read the contents of the Circularity Educational Trail. The quiz contains questions about the Educational Trail and the research projects. 

The quiz is in German only.

Prof. Fabio Gramazio, Prof. Matthias Kohler, Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich
Prf. Dr. Marco Hutter, Robotic Systems Lab, ETH  Zurich
Prof. Christophe Girot, Chair of Landscape Architecture, ETH Zurich

Eberhard Unternehmungen AG

Project leader
Lauren Vasey, Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Robotic Stone Wall
Ryan Luke Johns, Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich; Martin Wermelinger, Robotic Systems Lab, ETH  Zurich

Robotic Landscape
Ilmar Hurkxkens, Gramazio Kohler Research / Prof. Christophe Girot, Chair of Landscape Architecture, ETH Zurich; Dominic Jud, Robotic Systems Lab, ETH Zurich

Robotic benches
Joris Burger, Guillaume Jami, Dr. Ena Lloret-Fritschi, Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Selected experts
Patric Van der Haegen, Michael Maur, Roger Ruf (Eberhard Unternehmungen AG), Prof. Dr. Margarita Chli, Ruben Mascaro (Vision for Robotics Lab, ETH Zurich);  Varin Buff, Vuk Pakovic Mads Albers (Robotic Systems Lab, ETH Zurich), Jovica Zilic, Guido Morri, (Gysi Leoni Mader AG); Elia Quadranti, Sandro Kühne (ATP architekten ingenieure), Remo Hug (zirkulit AG), Prof. Dr. David Kammer, Dr. Mohit Pundir, Flavio Lorez (Chair of Computational Mechanics of Building Materials, ETH Zürich), Vasileios Ntertimanis, Konstantinos Vlachas (Chair of Structural Mechanics and Monitoring, ETH Zurich), Mike Lyrenmann (Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich)

The Circularity Park builds upon research funded by the SNSF NCCR Digital Fabrication.