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Erratic
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Architectural Technologies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8770-3216
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2014 (English)In: Open Cities: The New Post-Industrial World Order / [ed] Alice Y Kimm, Jaepil Choi, 2014, 10-11 p.Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. 10-11 p.
Keyword [en]
control, material manipulation, material simulation, noise, pliable surfaces
National Category
Architecture
Research subject
Architecture; Art, Technology and Design
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-165960ISBN: 978-0-935502-98-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-165960DiVA: diva2:809199
Conference
2014 International Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and Architectural Institute of Korea (AIK), Seoul, South Korea, June 21-23, 2014
Note

QC 20160314

Available from: 2015-04-30 Created: 2015-04-30 Last updated: 2016-11-03Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Taming the Erratic: Representation and materialization in post-digital architectural design
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Taming the Erratic: Representation and materialization in post-digital architectural design
2016 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates materialization and representation in contemporary architectural design practice. Due to cultural and technological shifts, the act of design is no longer squarely located in the abstract realms of drawings or digital geometries. Computer aided manufacturing, simulation and scanning offer new design opportunities that are located in the transfer between representation and material. This has given rise to a post-digital model of practice and thought, in which ‘real’ and discrete chunks of matter are incorporated at the earliest stages of design.

The thesis is practice-based, and spans in scope from design to technology to theory. The design work included explores materialization and representation from a particular point of view. In addition, it suggests a methodological approach to design, and explores the theoretical implications in this approach. These implications are addressed in two connected research questions: How can material processes, whether real or simulated, turn transfers between geometry and materialized objects into productive design opportunities? And how might material simulation alter the ways in which representations are conceptualized and used by architects? In parallel with practice-based work, the thesis suggests a theoretical framework for current issues of representation and materialization in architecture. This framework draws from the recent history of the digital turn in architecture as well as from recent design research work and theory in a post-digital turn.

This thesis makes contributions in three main areas. Through the design work Erratic, it makes a visceral case for how the use of material simulation might open up new ways of harnessing material agency. It positions simulation in the field of architecture in-between established polarities such as geometry vs. matter, virtual vs. real and drawing vs. mock-up. It discusses the conceptual difference between design based on geometry and design based on discrete pieces of material. Finally, it proposes that form in architecture increasingly can be conceptualized as ‘chunks,’ as opposed to reduced descriptions of geometry. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. 113 p.
Series
TRITA-ARK. Forskningspublikationer, ISSN 1402-7453 ; 2016:3
Keyword
Representation, Materialization, Post-digital, Material simulation, Chunk
National Category
Architecture
Research subject
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-195099 (URN)978-91-7729-088-9 (ISBN)
Presentation
2016-12-01, A608, Osquars Backe 5, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2011-75
Note

QC 20161102

Available from: 2016-11-02 Created: 2016-11-01 Last updated: 2017-11-06Bibliographically approved

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