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id ecaade2007_207
authors Sopeoglou, Eva
year 2007
title Seamless Architecture
source Predicting the Future [25th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 978-0-9541183-6-5] Frankfurt am Main (Germany) 26-29 September 2007, pp. 805-811
summary This paper considers the influence of digital fabrication (CAM) technologies with regards to the creative and creating processes and within the specific parameters of materials. Under the title seamless architecture this paper is seeking to study relationships (on a literal and conceptual level) with the existence or not in architecture of ‘seams’. This study draws inspiration from past and present architecture and also design fields such as textile and sailmaking, by examining types of ‘seamless envelopes’ which were only possible when advances in digital fabrication were met. Metal is currently widely used as cladding material. In antithesis to previous notions of steel being the ‘bones’ of architecture, expressing ‘strength’ and ‘sturdiness’, current use of metal as ‘skin’ material has revealed the ‘softer’, highly sculptural, almost textile quality of metal surfaces. Digital fabrication of sheet metals has contributed towards this shift. However, architectural metal skins presently lack this seamless quality of a ‘differentiated-single’ object. It’s capabilities as cladding material have not been fully utilized, in light of drastic developments in digital manufacturing. Design integration of aesthetic, structural and environmental considerations into the design of metal cladding systems is bound to develop in the future. Considering metals as textiles (in terms of architectural concept and manufacturing) can provide new insights to their utilization in architecture.
keywords CAD/CAM: fabrication, textiles, metals
series eCAADe
email esopeogl@arch.duth.gr, sopeoglou@yahoo.com
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