Fabricating Architecture: Selected Readings in Digital Design and Manufacturing

Fabricating Architecture: Selected Readings in Digital Design and Manufacturing

by Robert Corser


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For years contemporary architects have been inundated with hype about the radical changes expected as a result of technological innovation and the proliferation of new digital tools and techniques. Though architects acknowledge that advances in computing are having a profound impact on architecture, the nature of that impact remains a subject of ongoing debate. Many noteworthy books are available that document the growing field of digital design and manufacturing, but few of these books address the truly broad range of issues that grow out of these emerging technological innovations. Fabricating Architecture gathers together for the first time twelve key essays by important critics, theorists, and architects, such as Martin Bechthold, Achim Menges, Kiel Moe, and Amanda Reeser Lawrence. Editor Robert Corser's concise analysis of each essay guides readers through the lively debate surrounding this topic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568988894
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 03/23/2012
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword Kimo Griggs 006

Acknowledgments 009

Introduction: Readings: Looking Back at Recent Discourse in Emerging Technologies Robert Corser 011

Part 1 Processes: New Agendas For Digital Tools In Architectural Practice

Instrumental Geometry Achim Menges 022

Using Building Information Modeling for Performance-based Design Eddy Krygiel 042

Innovate or Perish: New Technologies and Architecture's Future David Celento 056

Part 2 Practices: Architectural and Engineering Applications of Digital Design and Manufacturing

Cad/Cam in the Business of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction André Chaszar James Glymph 086

Complexity and Customization: The Porter House Condominium-ShoP Architects Amanda Reeser Lawrence 094

Remaking in a Postprocessed Culture William Massie 100

Engineering of Freeform Architecture Harald Kloft 110

Mass Customization and the Manufacture Module James Woudhuysen Stephen Kieran James Timberlake 128

Part 3 Reactions And Projections: Critical Evaluations of Digitally Manufactured Architecture

Self-organization and Material Constructions Michael Weinstock 140

Automation Takes Command: The Nonstandard, Unautomatic History of Standardization and Automation in Architecture Kiel Moe 152

On Shells and Blobs: Structural Surfaces in the Digital Age Martin Bechthold 168

Diminishing Difficulty: Mass Customization and the Digital Production of Architecture Dan Willis Todd Woodward 178

Illustration Credits 215

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