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Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques (Architecture Briefs)


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Architectural pioneers such as Frank Gehry and Greg Lynn introduced the world to the extreme forms made possible by digital fabrication. It is now possible to transfer designs made on a computer to computer-controlled machinery that creates actual building components. This "file to factory" process not only enables architects to realize projectsfeaturing complex or double-curved geometries, but also liberates architects from a dependence on off-the-shelf building components, enabling projects of previously unimaginable complexity.

Digital Fabrications, the second volume in our new Architecture Briefs series, celebrates the design ingenuity made possible by digital fabrication techniques. Author Lisa Iwamoto explores the methods architects use to calibrate digital designs with physical forms. The book is organized according to five types of digital fabrication techniques: tessellating, sectioning, folding, contouring, and forming. Projects are shown both in their finished forms and in working drawings, templates, and prototypes, allowing the reader to watch the process of each fantastic construction unfold. Digital Fabrications presents projects designed and built by emerging practices that pioneer techniques and experiment with fabrication processes on a small scale with a do-it-yourself attitude. Featured architects include Ammar Eloueini/DIGIT-AL Studio, Elena Manferdini, Brennan Buck, Michael Meredith/MOS, Office dA, Mafoomby, URBAN A+O, SYSTEM Architects, Andrew Kudless, IwamotoScott, Howeler Yoon, Hitoshi Abe, Chris Bosse, Tom Wiscombe/Emergent, Jeremy Ficca, SPAN, Urban A&O, Gnuform, Heather Roberge, Patterns, and Servo.

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In the late 1980s Frank Gehry and his team adapted software from the aerospace industry for the Disney Concert Hall, thus beginning the evolution of methods that capitalize on the revolutionary potential of digital technology for the design and construction of complex projects. This book focuses on small-scale design, arranging 35 fantastic experimental projects in sections pertaining to methods of fabrication: sectioning, tessellating, folding, contouring, and forming. A leader in the field, Iwamoto (architecture, U. of California Berkeley--among other affiliations) presents the projects with text and color photos, showcasing the creative responses to diverse challenges afforded by the new techniques. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Iwamoto, Lisa
Princeton Architectural Press
Computer-aided design
Methods & Materials
Architectural design -- Data processing.
Architecture-Specifications and Detail
Architecture Briefs
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