June 20, 2014

Our paper "Soft Robotics for Architects: Integrating Soft Robotics Education in an Architectural Context" has been published in the journal of Soft Robotics. 
The article can be found online here:

April 16, 2014

Last Thursday evening Prof. Schlüter and Dino Rossi presented the ongoing work of the ASL at the Schweizer Baumuster Centrale Zürich (SBCZ).

February 6, 2014

Open Positions
We currently have three open positions related to our research on adaptive building systems.
For more information visit the link below:

October 30th, 2013

After a week of hard work, the students of the Soft Robotics for Architects* seminar week produced an impressive soft robotic facade prototype.

Online documentation of the seminar week can be found at: srfa2013.wordpress.com

October 8th, 2013

Upcoming Guest Lecture

Dr. Robert Shepherd will give a lecture titled The Material Science of Soft Actuator. The lecture is part of the Soft Robotics for Architects* Seminar Week. It will take place on October 24th at the ETH Zurich Hönggerberg Campus, building HIL room E 67.1, starting time 12:15. Please join us for what is sure to be a very interesting presentation...

September 19th, 2013

New publication: 
BubbleZERO—Design, Construction and Operation of a Transportable Research Laboratory for Low Exergy Building System Evaluation in the Tropics
Published in the open source journal Energies and available at: http://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/6/9/4551

September 14th, 2013

The Stuff Between Us 
Upcoming symposium on Interaction Design in Zurich. 
The Stuff Between Us will take place from October 4-5 at the Zurich University of the Arts.Co-organized by Karmen Franinovic (IAD ZHdK) and Björn Franke (University of Applied Arts Vienna). Speakers include Usman Haque, Francios Roche, and many more.
More information >>> The Stuff Between Us

August 13th, 2013

We are planning a Seminar Week at the ETH D-ARCH titled Soft Robotics for Architects*. This workshop will introduce students to design and fabrication of soft, pneumatic, silicone elastomer based actuators. The workshop will take place from October 21-25, 2013. More information on the workshop can be found on the main SuAT >>> SRfA*

July 21st, 2013

Last week Dino Rossi presented his research on the integration of soft actuators in architecture at the International Workshop on Soft Robotics and Morphological computation.

You can find the workshop website HERE
And the workshop Digest HERE 

June 11th, 2011

Dino Rossi has been invited to present the work of the ASL at the Alive2013 International Workshop on Adaptive Architectures. Speakers include Kas Oosterhuis, Phillip Beesly, and Ludger Hoovestadt, among others. 

The workshop will take place at the ETH Zurich on July 8th & 9th. The first day of the workshop is open to the public and free of charge, so anyone interested should feel free to join...

May 21st, 2013

Our paper, "Simulation Framework for Design of Adaptive Solar Facade Systems" has been accepted for the CISBAT 2013 conference hosted by the EPFL in Lausanne. The paper  illustrates a lightweight solar simulation framework we developed in order to address the very large simulation space required for simulating and optimizing the behavior of adaptive solar building envelopes. 

April 24th, 2013

Architecture & Sustainable Building Technologies (SuAT) in collaboration with Prof. Kees Christiaanse has organized a summer school focused on Sustainable Urbanism and redevelopment of industrial zones. For more information on the summer school check out the InduCity Summer School page.

February 26th, 2013

Our research on the integration of the soft actuators into architectural applications has been accepted for oral presentation at the International Workshop on Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation (SoftRobot2013).

November 14th, 2012

We are happy to announce the publication of our paper titled "Adaptive Distributed Robotics for Environmental Performance, Occupant Comfort and Architectural Expression" in the September issue of the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC).

November 10th, 2012

Dino Rossi has been invited to present the work of the ASL at the Chair of Information Architecture at the ETH Zurich.

September 3rd, 2012

The Torre David project (by Urban think Tank with contributions from SuAT) wins Golden Lion prize at the Architecture Biennale in Venice!

More info here:

August 10th, 2012

Our friends over at the Raplab have generously loaned us their "Mobile Prototyping Unit", a Roland MDX-40A desktop cnc mill. We are already putting this to use for mold making in our research on soft robotic actuators.

June 25th, 2012

Last week Dino Rossi participated in the ETHZ Summer School on Soft Robotics.
More information on the Summer School can be found at: http://www.birl.ethz.ch/sssr2012

June 7th, 2012

Our paper "Adaptive Distributed Architectural Systems" has been accepted for the Synthetic Digital Ecologies ACADIA 2012 conference which will take place in San Francisco, CA next October. More information on the conference can be found at: http://www.acadia.org/acadia2012/home.html

May 27th, 2012

An article co-authored by Dino Rossi of the ASL and Manuel Kretzer of CAAD ETH has been selected for publication in journal Leonardo. The article focuses on the ShapeShift project and the potential of electro-active polymers (EAPs) in architecture. ShapeShift was a group master thesis carried out by Dino Rossi, Edyta Augustynowicz, Stefanie Sixt and Sofia Georgakopoulou in the MAS CAAD program at the ETH in 2010.

May 15th, 2012

Scales of distribution diagram.

Our paper titled "Adaptive Distributed Robotics for Environmental Performance, Occupant comfort and Architectural Expression" has been accepted for the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC) special Issue on Architectural Robotics.

April 23rd, 2012
Photo credit: Scanderbeg Sauer 

The Adaptive Solar Envelope (ASE) is featured in the ETH Zürich 2011 Annual Report. Follow link for English and German versions of the report:
ETH Zurich Annual Report

March 25th, 2012

Last week we led the Adaptive Solar Facade Workshop as a Spring Seminar option for the ETH Department of Architecture. Samples of the student work produced during the workshop can be found here...

March 15th, 2012

The Adaptive Solar Envelope is featured in the March issue of the ETH Globe Magazine.


January 12th, 2012

Our paper entitled "Sustainable Architecture and Human Comfort through Adaptive Distributed Systems" has been selected for publication at the IEEE Pervasive Computing Conference (PerCom) 2012.

October 25, 2011

Adaptive Solar Envlope (ASE) project mentioned in ETH Life article:

October 14, 2011

Some months back we collaborated with the ETH Zürich DArch Building Systems group (GT) on developing a mobile lab to demonstrate their Distributed Building Systems. The role of the ASL was to design an Inflated Skin for a pair of shipping containers as a first defense against the high solar gains of the Singapore climate. This project is part of the Future Cities Lab. The containers are now on site and the first test inflation of the skin took place a few days ago.
More information can be found here.

September 30, 2011

As of yesterday, the Adaptive Solar Envelope prototype is on display as part of the ETH Zürich Department of Architecture 2011 Annual Exhibition. For more information, hours, directions, please visit http://www.arch.ethz.ch/darch/index.php?lang=en ...

August 2, 2011

We are happy to announce the addition of Zoltan Nagy to the Adaptive Systems Lab team. Zoltan recently completed his Doctorate at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS), ETH Zürich. More information regarding his previous research can be found here:

August 1, 2011

The Adaptive Solar Facade project will be presented at Bauhaus.SOLAR this November.
More information on the Bauhaus.SOLAR conference can be found here:


June 30, 2011

A 1:1 scale prototype is now in development. For updates please visit the Adaptive Solar Facade page here:

April 15, 2011

ETH Zürich architecture students Eva Lüginbuhl and Julien Bellot have joined the Adaptive Systems Lab as student assistants.

March 21-25, 2011

Adaptive Solar Design Workshop held at the ETH Zürich department of Architecture.

For more information go here:

March 16, 2011

The ASL Vimeo page is now up, more videos coming soon...

March 5, 2011

Dino Rossi participated in the Inhabiting Adaptive Architecture Workshop at the Adaptive Architecture Conference in London.

The workshop was organized by Holger Schnädelbach and Jonathan Hale of Nottingham University.

For more information on the workshop and conference visit the Adaptive Architecture Conference website here:

January, 2011

The Adaptive Systems Lab (ASL) established as a research group within the Assistant Chair for Architecture and Sustainable Building Technologies (SuAT), ETH Zürich.

For more information on SuAT go here: