LAIR, the Laboratory for Architecture Informatics and Robotics is a research unit part of the School of Architecture, Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Montreal.
As its name suggests the laboratory works to improve the processes of creation and production of architectural form through computation and robotic fabrication.
The unit conducts research in several directions of interest related to architectural and structural form finding, digital fabrication, algorithm-enhanced low-tech craft, and circular construction processes. The typical research development at LAIR loops between digital processes like algorithm development and geometry investigations, and material processes like prototyping and assembly techniques.
The main research production of LAIR consists of free software tools for the AEC industry in the form of extensions for well known CAD platforms like Rhino3d. Research demonstrators produced by the lab are used to test research hypotheses and tools and as a vehicle for research dissemination.
From a fabrication point of view LAIR represents a robotic prototyping infrastructure with two robotic arms (ABB IRB 4600-60), one robotic positioner (ABB IRBP A250) and several end effectors (cutting, milling, positioning, etc.)