Monday, March 10, 2014

Robyn Wolochow - Encoding Material

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?

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