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id cf2015_061
authors van Stralen, Mateus de Sousa and Cezarino, Cristiano
year 2015
title Woka: Towards a dialogical design of future cities
source The next city - New technologies and the future of the built environment [16th International Conference CAAD Futures 2015. Sao Paulo, July 8-10, 2015. Electronic Proceedings/ ISBN 978-85-85783-53-2] Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 8-10, 2015, pp. 61-76.
summary This paper presents an experiment on an open source construction system named Woka, which allows anyone to design and produce dwellings using standard CNC techniques. Woka was developed as a dialogical design process that empowers self-builders to act in a more autonomous way, expanding the traditional role of design practice and the way buildings are created. The advent and popularization of new design and fabrication processes have encouraged a flux of new theories and project strategies based on computing, each with its promise of changing the architectural practice. Some of these resulted in intellectually seductive; visually provocative and complex shaped architectures, generating a new formal repertoire, but doesn’t indicate a paradigm shift in the process of production of architectural space, still based on authorship. Woka challenges this traditional process proposing dialogue as a design approach, shifting the focus from the object to intersubjectivity, amplifying the potential for novelty to arise.
keywords Parametric design, digital fabrication, dialogical design, autonomous building
series CAAD Futures
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