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id ascaad2007_027
authors Villalon, R. and J. Lobel
year 2007
title Materializing Design: contemporary issues in the use of cad/cam technology in the architectural design and fabrication process
source Em‘body’ing Virtual Architecture: The Third International Conference of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design (ASCAAD 2007), 28-30 November 2007, Alexandria, Egypt, pp. 317-326
summary While the ability to produce and quantify design and fabrication information has been greatly enhanced by advances in CAD/CAM technology over the last several decades, a practical link between what can be modelled virtually and what can be built physically has yet to be realized. The process of parsing complex design information and translating it into a format that can be utilized by those responsible for its fabrication is a many-stepped process, in some cases made increasingly difficult by the same technology intended to simplify the process. The use of CAD/CAM technology in the architectural design process requires ongoing consideration as its use becomes increasingly pervasive in the design process. Within the context of contemporary architectural practice and discourse, what is the degree of fidelity between design information and fabrication information? How are advances in accessibility to, and the capability of CAD/CAM technologies affecting the role of the architect in the overall building process? Does CAD/CAM offer unique and undiscovered possibilities to re-associate the designer with the builder, or simply a process of more efficiently automating the design and construction process? Our work builds upon issues of the fundamental differences that CAD/CAM technologies introduce to design practices; issues that were raised at the very outset of CAD/CAM’s introduction to architectural design. Employing parametric design software, we design and construct a speculative façade system for a high-rise tower which is then fabricated at a reduced-scale with various two-axis CAM technology. We use relational and constraint-based logics in order to create models of parametric assemblies of discrete components which are translated into machine-ready formats, fabricated and re-assembled, in a process modelled on that typically followed in the construction of a real building project.
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