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id acadia10_364
authors Cabrinha, Mark
year 2010
title Parametric Sensibility: Cultivating the Material Imagination in Digital Culture
source ACADIA 10: LIFE in:formation, On Responsive Information and Variations in Architecture [Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-1-4507-3471-4] New York 21-24 October, 2010), pp. 364-371
summary Digital fabrication and parametric tools require not only digital dexterity but a robust material sensibility that precedes digital mediation. Developed through Gaston Bachelard’s concept of the graft, the material imagination acts as a reciprocal creative intelligence to today’s dominant formal imagination enabled through the fluid geometric precision in digital tools. This paper presents a series of “materials first” pedagogical approaches through which material constraints become operative design criteria in the development of digital skills. This intersection between analog and digital systems develops a parametric sensibility that is demonstrated through physical prototypes and full-scale installations. This approach is implicitly a critique of the disregard of material logic in many parametric approaches in particular, and digital design culture in general. Conversely, the development of a parametric sensibility through analog means enables the development of material primitives from which parametric tools can expand the material imagination while giving structure to it.
keywords Parametric, Digital Fabrication, Analog, Digital
series ACADIA
type normal paper
email mcabrinh@calpoly.edu
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