Sunday, February 16, 2014

P 004 - Fabricating Architecture reading response

As parametricism becomes increasingly popular, it is extremely important that architects have a better understanding of fabrication techniques and processes. As the reading points out, a significant number of architects do not, and therefore the accountability and responsibility for construction. Being a CNC router tech myself, it is far easier to design having personal experience and understanding of the limitations of the machine. Unfortunately, we have a lot of students come in who want to make the router do something that it just isn't designed to do. This reading reminded me of this general mentality, and how architects don't actually make anything, they just design. Needless to say, we don't need to all go put our hard hats on and put up framing, but it is increasingly crucial to have a good base understanding of how non-traditional construction methods work, in order to understand budgets and a projects feasibility. With this workflow understanding, we can design more ambitious projects and best understand the advantages of CAD/CAM.

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