Design Trust Feature Grant

Yard of Environmental Sustainability (YES) Pavilion

Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Yard of Environmental Sustainability (YES) Pavilion is a design and construction project linking architecture, mechanical engineering automation, structural engineering, industry contractors and environmental initiatives. The pavilion is a unique and premiere example of a permanent brick structure developed via computational tools and an automated parallel cable robot system, created by a multi-disciplinary team of CUHK researchers. The project uncovers the many workflow advantages found with computational design solutions linked with precision robotic construction. Through the use of conventional construction materials, YES Pavilion is a pioneer in completing a full-scale construction, done completely by parallel cable robot.
We have partnered with local contractors and structural engineers to help realize the project and mitigate the transition from laboratory prototypes into a real-world full scale construction project. As the YES Pavilion initiative is for the promotion of reuse and recycling, the construction will also embody this philosophy through its use of environmentally compliant materials and light impact upon the construction site.

About Adam Fingrut

Adam Fingrut is an Assistant Professor and researcher in architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a focus on computation and building systems. He received his Master of Architecture from University of California Los Angeles and his Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He teaches design studios and a variety of courses specifically pertaining to computational design and architectural technology.

Current research projects involve exploring the relationship between computational design solutions, the role of robotics in fabrication, and the realities of on-site construction. His research is cross-disciplinary and includes collaboration with Mechanical and Automation Engineers, Structural Engineers, and Construction Industry Leaders throughout the Hong Kong and Guangdong region. Highlighted projects include the ZCB Bamboo Pavilion in Hong Kong, a four-story-high long-span bending-active bamboo grid shell structure built in 2015 and CU-Brick, an ongoing collaborative research project developing robotics for the construction industry.