Bridging the collectives: A review of collective human–robot construction

Isla Xi Han, Forrest Meggers, Stefana Parascho

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Advancements in multi-agent, autonomous, and intelligent robotic systems over the past decades point toward new design and fabrication possibilities. Exploring how humans and robots can create and construct collectively is essential in leveraging robotic technology in the building sector. However, only by making existing knowledge from relevant technological disciplines accessible to designers can we fully exploit current construction methods and further develop them to address the challenges in architecture. To do this, we present a review paper that bridges the gap between Collective Robotic Construction (CRC) and Human–Robot Interaction (HRI) and defines a new research domain in Collective Human–Robot Construction (CHRC) in the architectural design and fabrication context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)512-531
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Architectural Computing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


  • collective human–robot construction
  • collective robotic construction
  • human–robot interaction
  • human–robot teams
  • robotic fabrication


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