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2nd Edition

Material Strategies in Digital Fabrication

ISBN 9781138654204
Published July 18, 2017 by Routledge
256 Pages 305 Color & 228 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this second edition of Material Strategies in Digital Fabrication are new case studies, improved wayfinding, the inclusion of composites and plastics, and references to similar strategies between different projects. In 400 step-by-step diagrams dissecting 39 case studies in 10 countries on 3 continents, the book shows you how material performance drives the digital fabrication process and determines technique. The book identifies the important characteristics of each material, including connection types, relative costs, deformation, color, texture, finish, dimensional properties, durability, and weathering and waterproofing to link design outcomes to form. The book is divided into five main chapters by material; wood, metal, concrete/masonry, composites/plastics, and recycled/pre-cycled, to help you reference construction techniques for the fabrication machines you have on-hand.

Includes projects by SHoP Architects, Gramazio & Kohler, Schindlersalmeron, The Institute for Computational Design (Achim Menges, Patkau Architects,Sebastien Wierinck, Blue Dot Furniture, Marble Fairbanks, Studio Gang Architects, Macdowell.Tomova, Thomas Heatherwick Studio, Heather Roberge, MX3D, Matsys, Asbjorn Sondergaard, Block Research Group (Phillipe Block), Ball Nogues Studio, Matter Design, WORK Architecture Company, and SoftLab.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Timber/Wood Products  Case Study 1: Dunescape, SHoP Architects  Case Study 2: The Sequential Wall, Gramazio & Kohler  Case Study 3: Stratifications/ Echord Gramazio & Kohler  Case Study 4: Zip Rocker, Schindlersalmeron  Case Study 5: ICD/ITKE Pavilion, Achim Menges and Jan Kippers  Case Study 6: Winnipeg Skate Shelters/One Fold, Patkau Architects  Case Study 7: Bodhi Tree PROJECTiONE  Case Study 8: Hygroscopically Enabled Responsiveness Steffen Reichert - Achim Menges  Case Study 9: Le Café Caché Sebastien Wierinck  Case Study 10: Trondheim Camera Obscura, Norwegian University of Science and Technology   Part 2: Metals  Case Study 11: Real Good Chair, Blue Dot  Case Study 12: Material Formations In Design, Elijah Porter  Case Study 13: FlatForm, Marble Fairbanks  Case Study 14: Croatian Pavilion, Leo Modrčin  Case Study 15: Aqua Tower, Studio Gang Architects  Case Study 16: Wave Pavilion Parke MacDowell and Diana Tomova  Case Study 17: La Maison Unique Heatherwick Studio  Case Study 18: Single Point Incremental Metal Forming Digital Arts Center  Case Study 19: Between the Sheets, Heather Roberge, Instructor  Case Study 20: MX3D Metal MX3D and Joris Laarman Lab  Part 3: Concrete/Masonry  Case Study 21: C.A.S.T. Beam, Mark West  Case Study 22: P_Wall, Andrew Kudless  Case Study 23: UnikaBeton, Asbjørn Søndergaard, Per Dombernowsky  Case Study 24: 290 Mulberry Street, SHoP Architects  Case Study 25: Structural Oscillations, Gramazio & Kohler  Case Study 26: Freeform Catalan Thin-tile Vaults/MLK Stone, Phillipe Block  Case Study 27: PreVault Dave Pigram, Ole Egholm Jackson, Niels Martin Larsen  Part 4: Composites/Plastics  Case Study 28: Composite Cladding Jefferson Ellinger  Case Study 29: Periscope: Form Tower, Matter Design  Case Study 30: Iridescence Print Gramazio & Kohler  Case Study 31: Microtherme Matter Design  Case Study 32: Varvac Wall Houminn Studio  Case Study 33: bitMAPS PROJECTiONE  Case Study 34: Feathered Edge Ball Nogues Studio  Case Study 35: Elytra Filament Pavilion Achim Menges, Jan Knippers and Thomas Auer  Part 5: Recycled/Pre-Cycled  Case Study 36: P. F. 1 WORK.AC  Case Study 37: Packed Tom Pawlofsky, Instructor  Case Study 38: Bin Dome Rory Hyde  Case Study 39: SOFTlab  Case Study 40: Pallet Canopy Digital Arts Center  Case Study 41: Pipe Furniture Sebastien Wierinck  Case Study 42: Table Cloth Ball Nogues Studio  Image Credits.  References.  Index.

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Christopher Beorkrem is associate professor of architecture at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.


"Beorkrem's new book brings together what an inquisitive mind desires - an unravelling of the complexities and contradictions found in the built form. In each carefully selected case study, he systematically picks apart the design intentions, tools capabilities and material limitations, and reveals the real invention and experimentation behind the photogenic work. This book introduces a different mode of formal analysis that acknowledges a new form of design intelligence. It succeeds in demystifying the problems of complex forms, and makes a renewed attempt in connecting architects deeply with the tools that are increasingly available in fabrication plants around the world."

H. Koon Wee, director of SKEW Collaborative and assistant professor, faculty of architecture, University of Hong Kong