Friday, February 03, 2006

First Exercise

The first exercise I need to execute is an attempt at validating Stehen Kieran's and James Timberlake's assertion that off site fabrication is choice and more efficient than on site 'piece' construction.

[for my thesis book i will have a descriptive detailed analysis of the book]

The book applies the manufacturing process of cars, planes, trains, ships, etc. . . to architecture. One important constituent is the assembly or Modulor idea. Essentially, pieces and parts of the construct are pre-assembled. These modulors are brought together and merged; the idea is that fewer parts = fewer joints and the process of final finishing assembly is simplified.

My trepidation lies in the removal of one piece or alterations to one piece. If these pieces are in effect groupings, does the group change? Perhaps parametric modeling is a helpful tool, but once the physical piece is built and a piece is revised, is the impact greater than pieces with more individual relationships? There is always a domino effect. . .will one modulor’s alteration affect the joint between it and other modulors?

The second matter of concern lies in the concept of the building as a machine for making the modulors. Fabrication and assembly is moved inside. I see an nherent problem with this theory – the unforeseen site conditions are ignored. This could potentially increase the cost of construction ten-fold.

My experiment addresses the latter distress. There will be two phases to the test.

· Build a site context model [SCAD in atl and neighbors?],
· Build iterations of an intervention while looking (only)at the site and then,
· Merge. Identify all problems and propose possible solutions.

Repeat this process except in 3D model (ADT). Anticipate problems and employ proposed solutions.

This research will concurrently examine the parametric modeling tool in designing.


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