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id acadia12_187
authors Mei-Ling, Lin ; Han, Ling ; Kothapuram, Shankara ; Jiawei, Song
year 2012
title Digital Vernacular
source ACADIA 12: Synthetic Digital Ecologies [Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-1-62407-267-3] San Francisco 18-21 October, 2012), pp. 187-195
summary Digital Vernacular investigates the potential of the process of depositing a paste like material with precision using a CNC device which has produced an innovative system for design and fabrication of environmentally responsive housing. Architectural practice has been greatly impacted by technical innovations in the past, usually new building types emerge as part of new ideologies. Yet the current revolution in computer-aided design and fabrication has architecture focusing on form – without questioning what these new processes can bring for the masses. The research project 'Digital Vernacular' has investigated the potential of using CNC technology for the production of housing. It has focused on the design of the machinic devices as well as computational design tools, and revolves around the concept of fabrication on site. Using an additive and layered manufacturing process and locally available material, the project proposes a revolutionary new digital design and fabrication system that is based on one of the oldest and most sustainable construction methods in the world. The main potentials of this method are not to create complex forms for the sake of design, but to use parametric control to adapt each design to the specificities of its site. Using geometrical rules found during many research experiments with real material behaviour, a new architectural language is created that merges several environmental functionalities into a single integrated design.
keywords Digital , Vernacular , CNC , CAM , Housing , fabrication , environmental
series ACADIA
type panel paper
email racosin@gmail.com
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