Monday, February 3, 2014

Chris Makowiecki- Towards a Bespoke Building Process

        In recent years, the power of robotic fabrication in the architectural field has become increasingly tangible.  In an age when the architect is seeking more control of the design process, robotic fabrication is providing a prefabrication quality controlled environment merged with on-site production.  Initially, robots were imagined as means of replacing physical labor in the manufacturing field.  Providing a more cost effective manufacturing process and letting the machines do the more trying work.  Robots were later conceived to perform more specialized tasks that began to reveal the potential they possessed and the opportunities the robot provided the designer.  The recent increase in applying robotic fabrication to the design field can be relayed to the increasing availability of the technology.  Cost has decreased and the technology has become more user-friendly.  As a result, more designers have been applying the technology to their work.  Robotic fabrication not only provides the designer digital control over their work but also an expanded option for physical intervention.  The architect is allowed to take his conceptual intentions and engineer a fabricated product.  With R-O-B, this potential for designers is being packaged up into a transportable container allowing the designer a tool to work raw materials on site.  As robotic fabrication continues to become an integrated part of the design field, it will be on the designer to gain an understanding of the technology to best use it in their work.  As that understanding grows, so will the possibilities of robotic fabrication in design.  

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