By Phillip Bernstein, Peggy Deamer
There is not any denying the transformational position of the pc within the evolution of latest architectural perform. Butdoes this techno-determinist account inform the full tale? Are people changing into beside the point to the general improvement of thebuilt surroundings? Building (in) the Future confronts those vital questions by way of analyzing the elemental human relationships that signify modern layout and development. Thirty-four participants together with designers,engineers, fabricators, contractors, building managers, planners, and students learn how modern practicesof construction are reshaping the design/construction strategy.
Through observations, arguments, and distinct undertaking explorations members describe new versions of perform and reorganizations of work for the twenty first century. Chapters comprise a reconsideration of craft in mild of electronic fabrication; anexploration of recent equipment of collaboration; an research of alterations in contracts and criteria; and an overview of thenew marketplace realities of mass construction and customization.
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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.
It is in this light that we are once more being subjected to the invidious comparison between our backward building industry and the sophisticated techniques of the technology currently employed in the Taylorized production of automobiles and aircraft. One notes that the market for cars and planes is structurally different from that in the field of built form, where the product is not a freestanding object reducible to the status of a commodity. At the same time, the dematerialization of building that has taken place in the last half century has totally transformed the distribution of costs involved in the realization of a structure.
From primitive hand tools to industrialized machines, the quality of craft in an object has been measured by the trace of human input. Today, with the wide range of digital technology being used to increase the efficiencies of human labor (or bypass it altogether), it is useful once again to take measure: to look critically at how digital mediation is restructuring design and production and, consequently, redefining craft. Digital processes in architecture have generally followed one of three directions that are only now beginning to come together into a coherent system of architectural production.