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Digital fabrication is increasingly becoming an important architectural tool as designers continue to seek new opportunities for the production of their ideas. As the tools become more available to architects, the potential for them to be used as generative tools in the construction process continues to increase. However, before these tools can be used effectively, the architect must realize how the material and fabrication machine can create certain parameters and constraints along the way. With some sort of logic for the how the machine can begin to maneuver within the physical realm, questions of physical requirements can begin to ground the aspirations one may have visualized in the virtual realm but have not tested in relation to things like gravity and overall structural performance. It is important for the architect to understand these complex interactions if this type of machining data is to lend itself to actual construction processes. With an understanding of these parameters, the control the fabrication tools give the architect over the construction process, allows the architect control over the smallest of details. Such control is powerful and can be a source for innovative design.
An understanding of material conditions as well as assembly logic is necessary for the coding in fabrication. I believe finding a happy medium between the physically constructible object, and the well conceived design concept, is at once the most crucial and the most interesting aspect of architecture. While often architects and designers feel they must sacrifice elements of their design to meet the needs of the fabricator or engineer, Gramazio and Kohler would argue that a coherent synthesis of material and design, through computational coding and intelligent fabrication can in fact offer new possibilities and capabilities for a design. In this way, the fabrication becomes, not a preventative factor, but an instigating factor for new discoveries.
Similarly to previous readings we've done this semester, the authors are discussing the possibility of industrially manufacturing unique elements through the use of robotic and computer-controlled production tools. Once again, the authors are staking the claim that as of yet, these technologies have not been adequately applied to construction trades. What's interesting about their argument is the focus on a design-focused relationship between the digital and the materials with which the digital tools are working. The idea of using computer-controlled tools in building-scale fabrication which is flexible enough to adapt to different materials and assembly logics is an interesting question. Is it possible to develop digital fabrication techniques that allow unique customization for individual construction elements, but are simultaneously flexible enough to adapt to the many material assemblies within a building?