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id 2005_221
authors Sousa, José Pedro and Duarte, José Pinto
year 2005
title Digital Desires, Material Realities
source Digital Design: The Quest for New Paradigms [23nd eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0-9541183-3-2] Lisbon (Portugal) 21-24 September 2005, pp. 221-228
summary Digital design and manufacturing technologies are progressively employed in building construction and architects interest in this field has grown widely, as many recent works, publications and scientific meetings demonstrate. By identifying some of the main reasons and expectations that were at the basis of the integration of CAD/CAM processes in the discipline, this paper examines the real success of these technological developments in contemporary architecture. By analyzing current work and literature the authors argue that there is often a discrepancy between the discourse on emerging new conditions for the practice, and the practical reality itself. To investigate this technological gap, the paper discusses in depth one of the most advocated promises of these new technologies: the feasible mass production of differentiation. Considering design intent, available CNC fabrication processes and material properties, it describes and critically analyses different strategies for building architectural surfaces, presenting specific examples from contemporary architecture. Realizing that there are technological limitations in the fulfillment of conceptual aspirations, this paper identifies possible innovative directions in building construction, based on the idea of structural performative surfaces. Finally, the authors reflect on the specific nature of architecture, distinguishing it from other areas that also employ digital technologies, to frame, from within the discipline, the technological expectations and its potential further developments.
keywords CAD/CAM, Digital Fabrication, CNC Technologies, Rationalization, Mass-Customization
series eCAADe
email jps-x@mail.telepac.pt
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100%; open Bechthold, M., Griggs, K., Schodek, D. and Steinberg, M., Eds. (2001) Find in CUMINCAD New Technologies in Architecture I , Harvard Design School, Cambridge MA
100%; open Bechthold, M., Griggs, K., Schodek, D. and Steinberg, M., Eds. (2003) Find in CUMINCAD New Technologies in Architecture II & III , Harvard Design School, Cambridge MA
100%; open Beesley, P., Cheng, N., Williamson, R. S., Eds. (2004) Find in CUMINCAD Fabrication. Examining the Digital Practice of Architecture , Proceedings of the 2004 AIA/ACADIA Conference, University of Waterloo School of Architecture Press
100%; open Callicot, N. (2001) Find in CUMINCAD Computer Aided-Manufacturing in Architecture. The Pursuit of a Novelty , Architectural Press, London
100%; open Kolarevic, B. and Malkawi, A. M., Eds. (2005) Find in CUMINCAD Performative Architecture. Beyond Instrumentality , Spon Press, London
100%; open Kolarevic, B., Ed. (2003) Find in CUMINCAD Architecture in the Digital Age. Design and Manufacturing , Spon Press, New York
100%; open Ruhl, V. R. (1997) Find in CUMINCAD Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing of Complex Shaped Concrete Formwork , Doctor of Design Thesis, Graduate School of Design, Harvad University, Cambridge, MA
100%; open Schmal, P. C., Ed. (2001) Find in CUMINCAD Digital Real. Blobmeister. First Built Projects , Birkhauser, Berlin
100%; open Schodek, D., et al, Eds. (2004) Find in CUMINCAD Digital Design and Manufacturing: CAD/CAM Applications in Architecture and Design , John Wiley & Sons
100%; open Shelden, D. (2002) Find in CUMINCAD Digital Surface Representation and the Constructibility of Gehry’s Architecture , Ph.D. in Architecture, Design and Computation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
100%; open Yun, Y. G. (2001) Find in CUMINCAD Structural Composite Members in Architecture Fabricated by CAD/CAE/CAM Technology , Doctor of Design Thesis, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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