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id acadia04_138
authors Surjan, Terry
year 2004
title Appealing to the Masses, or Serious Play with Blocks
source Fabrication: Examining the Digital Practice of Architecture [Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture and the 2004 Conference of the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community / ISBN 0-9696665-2-7] Cambridge (Ontario) 8-14 November, 2004, 138-149
summary With a certain budget and limited access to a Computer-Numerically-Controlled mill, fourth year architecture students were charged with the problem of designing a full-scale architectural space that could be assembled and re-assembled in various contexts and configurations. As the constraints for the design studio, an economy of capital ($150 per student) and an economy of means were develČoped to create and produce over 600 units of a flexible architectural component, and many variations, into a building system that could be assembled to create multiple formal and spatial configurations pushČing the concept of Mass-Customization towards MASS-Appeal. After choosing a unit-multiple method as the most practical parti for designing a space which can be disassembled and reassembled in multiple configurations and contexts, the students developed the economy of their block unit based on a maximization of blocks per sheet of 4'x 4' Medium Density Fiberboard. 4' x 4' was the maximum size that could be cut on the CNC mill at the school of architecture. The cut sheet was developed such that less than 3% of the board would go to waste. The exploration of assembly with these components produced multiple block types and multiple connection types that gave flexibility to the designed system.
keywords STL Blocks
series ACADIA
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