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By Phillip Bernstein, Peggy Deamer

There isn't any denying the transformational position of the pc within the evolution of latest architectural perform. Butdoes this techno-determinist account inform the total tale? Are people turning into inappropriate to the final improvement of thebuilt setting? Building (in) the Future confronts those vital questions by way of reading the elemental human relationships that symbolize modern layout and development. Thirty-four members together with designers,engineers, fabricators, contractors, development managers, planners, and students learn how modern practicesof construction are reshaping the design/construction strategy.

Through observations, arguments, and precise undertaking explorations individuals describe new types of perform and reorganizations of work for the twenty first century. Chapters comprise a reconsideration of craft in gentle of electronic fabrication; anexploration of recent tools of collaboration; an research of adjustments in contracts and criteria; and an overview of thenew marketplace realities of mass construction and customization.

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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.

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