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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
email mateus.stralen@gmail.com
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