Digital Workflows in Architecture by Scott Marble

By Scott Marble

The assimilation and synthesis of electronic communications between architects, engineers, fabricators and developers is dramatically changing how we paintings and our dating to the instruments we use.

New electronic capacities are restructuring the association and hierarchy of layout from independent techniques to collective workflows. The old function of the clothier as an writer, a sole writer, is being changed with semi-autonomous, algorithmically pushed layout workflows deeply embedded in a collective electronic communique infrastructure. this can be making a variety of pressures at the self-discipline of structure to reorganize round the possibilities, and dangers, of those alterations.

Organized round the issues of Designing layout, Designing meeting and Designing undefined, this ebook offers essays and case stories on electronic applied sciences as key components in architectural layout, fabrication and workflow association. individuals contain Ben van Berkel (UN Studio), Shane Burger (Grimshaw), Thom Mayne (Morphosis), Frank Barkow & Regine Leibinger (Barkow Leibinger), Fabian Scheurer (designtoproduction), James Kotronis (Gehry Technologies), Phil Bernstein (Autodesk Inc.), Neil Denari (NDMA) and Paolo Tombesi (University of Melbourne) between others .

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View Workflow 9 (middle left). The Workflow 10 (bottom left). Workflow 11 (above right). of milled steel dies for overall pattern utilizes three East façade stainless-steel Atlas of stainless steel the stamped stainless-steel unique panels, with one of megapanels ready for delivery panels indicating individ- rainscreen panels for the these rotated to make a con- to site. ual panel types within each east façade. Each die con- tinuous field. The deformation sisted of two pieces of milled runs across every other short steel bolted together, thus end of the panel, but never making four milled dies for across the pre-breakformed each panel.

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And like the frustrating debate between form and function that preoccupied architecture for much of the last century, this one, too is ultimately counterproductive and limiting. What is lacking is a more nuanced, synthetic understanding of how the management of digital information can be used to reconceive the architectural design process both quantitatively and qualitatively, both with a rich internal logic and an adaptive responsiveness to external inputs. The fundamental question, it seems, is one of organization: how can the organization of information within the design process satisfy both quantitative and qualitative goals?

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