By Nathaniel Corum
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For greater than a decade the crimson Feather improvement crew, a volunteer-based association, has outfitted and repaired straw bale homes for local american citizens. someplace alongside the way—and this was once by no means the plan—they created an architectural phenomenon: This reasonably cheap, environmentally sound, simply built, and downright attractive type of development has, for strong cause, stuck the public's mind's eye. right here, crimson Feather presents a step by step, easy-to-follow guide for would-be strawbale builders—indeed, they provide every little thing you have to yet time, power, and plenty and many straw. Informative sections on security, layout, instruments, and fabrics, and case stories picked from over thirty-five purple Feather initiatives supply a complete evaluation to straw-bale development.
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And although this spurred on several attempts to appropriate industrialized processes for use in innovative design (for example, by the Deutscher Werkbund, the Bauhaus, and the Case Study House Program), these were atypical and short-lived exercises, because industry and manufacturing remained primarily driven by purely economic imperatives. In the meantime, architecture drifted toward design that defined itself as distinct from the goals of industry. It is this lack of mediation between design and production that is being reformulated with integrated digital design and fabrication processes: drawings and models are no longer used to represent design “intent”; rather, they 040 Scott Marble are used to communicate precise information on how to fabricate and with which material.
In effect, total plastic mastery of the form was achieved by embedding law at the heart of the generative parametric logic, such that it could accommodate elegantly any variation of parameter—macro and micro—from any of the multiple parties impinging on the technical, formal, performance, or cost logic of the project. Fabrication was by CNC milling of a mold of each “leg” that was then lined with fiberglass and insulation, giving a hyperaccurate prefabricated structure/surface assembly that simply bolted to its neighbors.
As architect and theorist Stan Allen notes in his article “Artificial Ecologies,” the practice of architecture has always been in the paradoxical position of being invested in the production of real, concrete matter yet working with tools of abstract representation (drawings, models, computer simulations, and so forth). 1 1 Stan Allen, “Artificial Ecologies,” in Reading MVRDV, ed. Véronique Patteeuw (Rotterdam: NAi, 2003), 82–87. Working and Making Imagining Risk Although still mediated through forms of abstract representation, computer numerical control (CNC) systems put the process of design closer to the production of buildings, merging production and design into a common language of digital information.