1st Edition

Homing the Machine in Architecture

Edited By Galo Canizares, Zach Cohen Copyright 2024
    322 Pages 20 Color & 188 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    322 Pages 20 Color & 188 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    322 Pages 20 Color & 188 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Homing the Machine in Architecture is a series of conversations on the ways designers, practitioners, historians, and theorists orient themselves within the world of architectural digital fabrication.

    To “home” a digital fabrication machine is to send it back to its origin point—a point that can be specified by the fabricator in advance of the fabrication process or by the defaults that are pre-programmed into the machine. The homing process is necessary and productive since it determines the physical point at which the machine (and the maker) begin making—every time that architectural designers begin to digitally fabricate something new, they first need to home the machine. This book gathers first- and second-hand accounts of the origins of individual “digi-fab” practices from the emergence of advanced prototyping tools to the contemporary moment. It features interviews, essays, and case studies organized around three questions: What are the possible histories of digital fabrication in architecture? How do designers orient themselves in this emergent discipline? What conceptual original points do architectural designers return to when they home their machines?

    The discourse that emerges from this collection aims to reach practicing architects using digital fabrication, as well as upper-level students and academics of digital architecture, architectural theory, and architectural history.


    Galo Canizares and Zach Cohen


    Theodora Vardouli



    Lost and Found: In Search of a Process for Creating Productive Problems

    Michael Szivos

    Not Not Digital Fabrication Machines

    Maria Yablonina

    Beyond Optimization: Interaction as a Means to Resituate Digital Fabrication

    Stefana Parascho

    Wind-Up Architecture: An Interview with Marshall Prado

    Dissimulated Origins: On Navels and Nozzles

    Francesca Hughes



    The Ends of the Machine: From Technical Means to Architectural Beginnings

    Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovic

    Working with Forests

    Zachary Mollica

    Ecotectonics: Using Digital Fabrication Towards Multispecies Design

    Ehsan Baharlou

    Failing Matters: An Interview with Skylar Tibbits

    A Robot Named Heidegger

    Mark Jarzombek


    Construction Cheat Codes

    James Coleman and Nathan Barnes

    Eco-Digital Construction in Africa: Decolonizing Performative Architecture from the African Fabbers Project to the Douala Cultural Hub

    Paolo Cascone and Maddalena Laddaga

    Machine Not Homed: Growth and Perspectives on Digital Fabrication Made in Latin America

    Pablo C. Herrera

    A Carrier Bag of Tools for Computational Feminism

    Shelby Doyle

    Situated Computations: An interview with Vernelle A. A. Noel

    Beyond Default Thinking: A Conversation with Dr. Behnaz Farahi, Dr. Madeline Gannon, Mollie Claypool


    Galo Canizares is a designer, writer, and educator. His work blends absurdity, computation, world-making, simulation, and parafiction to address issues in technology and the built environment. He is currently researching the sociotechnical networks of relations between design’s softwarization and the architectural imagination. Galo was the recipient of the 2016–17 LeFevre ’29 Emerging Practitioner Fellowship, and in 2018 was awarded the Christos Yessios Visiting Professorship at The Ohio State University. His collaborative architectural practice, office ca, won the 2018 Ragdale Ring competition. He is currently Assistant Professor of architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design where he directs the Critical Software Lab.

    Zach Cohen is a designer, researcher, and educator. His research and teaching examine the ways in which architects can use digital fabrication technologies to reimagine both the immaterial and physical labor of architectural design. From 2019 to 2021, Zach was the Christos Yessios Visiting Assistant Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. Prior to his time at Knowlton, he was a Research Lead at the Self-Assembly Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Zach is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Cooper Union, where he teaches courses centered on what he calls “theoretical digital fabrication.” He is also the co-founder and partner of the Brooklyn-based architectural design practice, common craft, which presently has a variety of commercial and residential construction projects in and around New York City.