Eric Spector Thesis Research Connections

Fabrication depends on the ability of the designer to harness the properties of materials and to anticipate how these can be transformed by the sequencing of manufacturing operations. 1Robert Aish describes the essence of digital fabrication; we must address the material (and architecture itself) as a medium to be interpreted, programmed, and manipulated by the designer. In order to further the cast on cast fabrication process I intend to integrate a heterogeneous material assembly into a modulated panel system that is augmented by digital technology and reinforced by analog, evolutionary methods. Previously, cast on cast fabrication has been manifested as a monochromatic organism a single-material system. Although diverse in form and process, it lacks complexity in terms of architectural performance. An intelligent integration of materiality is designed to enhance the performance of each component within the system. The designer has an understanding of the material as a component within a larger module. Together, the components positively respond to various natural forces. Beyond the understanding of physical material properties, we (as designers) must develop sophisticated methods of material manipulation. Whether we are addressing the viscous field of architecture or a viscous mix of plaster, I see the opportunity to program certain design logics within the fabrication process. According to Laurent Stalder, adopting new technologies as a means of fabrication and architectural progression is nothing new: From an historic deterministic perspective, architecture can be viewed as a technological system that is expressed by supposedly 'objective' parameters such as production process or material. Accordingly the history of architecture can be understood to be a history of its technological development measured in innovations in construction or functional refinements. But architecture belongs also to the field of objects. Therefore, technological change leads not only to changes in the built environment, but also in how we use and perceive it. Consequently the impact of these changes on our experience of the environment is decisive, even beyond the mechanization or digitalization of architecture. Therefore form is ultimately on the forefront of any design work and is more significant than mastering the technological means. 2 The inherent interconnections of form, function, and technology within architecture are clear. Architectural form is addressed in the generative panel assembly derived from cast on cast formwork; furthermore, form is customized by means of calculated digital interventions. The advent of computer numeric control (CNC) has brought a spirit of mass-customization out of the post-industrial era of mass-

Web.12 (1997): 30-42. 3 Slessor.htm>. 4 It is clear that the parametric paradigm is a prevalent style in a new wave of architectural innovation. In this sense. Components might be constructed from multiple elements constrained/cohered by associative relations so that the overall component might sensibly adapt to various local conditions. Toronto: Riverside Architectural.patrikschumacher. No longer is the house an engineered reduction and clarification of the machine ( machine for living ). 3 Society as a whole has departed from the constraints of a single. 15 Nov. each with respective sub-systems. Laurent. 1 Sheil. 2008. Now. Factory production is no longer a means to mass production of standardized components.5 offer unique opportunities for architectural responses."PatrikSchumacher. whereas complexity and continuous differentiation 4. This can also be described as a series of modules broken into various constituent components.Parametricist Manifesto. from the microscopic scale of proto-cell development to urban design of large cities (and everything in between). 11. variation and complexity is just as achievable as repetition.production. nearly universal consumption standard [and] has evolved into the heterogeneous society of the multitude." Architectural Review 102. 2011. according to Patrik 4 5 Slogan coined by Greg Lynn and Jeff Kipnis . 75. "Parametricism as Style . <http://www. Schumacher goes on to explain: one of the most pervasive current techniques involves populating modulated surfaces with adaptive components. This is my challenge. Digital Materiality in Architecture. Catherine. Parametricism encompasses a wide array of architectural scales. and supports underlying concepts of cast on cast fabrication. Foreword by: Robert Aish. is a new era of design research and innovation. 2011. the panel assembly I intend to develop is true to the progression of the parametric paradigm. "Atlantic Star. By Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler. Fabricate: Making Digital Architecture. 2 Stalder. Bob and Ruairi Glynn. 4 Parametricism. Cast on cast fabrication can be broken down into a set of systems. Baden: Lars Mueller Publ. Patrik. The law-governing complexities involved in parametric design make it difficult to separate their constituent 2008. Schumacher.

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