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Negotiated matter: a robotic exploration of craft-driven innovation

Veliz Reyes, Alejandro, Jabi, Wassim ORCID:, Gomaa, Mohamed, Chatzivasileiadi, Aikaterini ORCID:, Ahmad, Lina and Wardhana, Nicholas 2019. Negotiated matter: a robotic exploration of craft-driven innovation. Architectural Science Review 62 (5) , pp. 398-408. 10.1080/00038628.2019.1651688

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In architectural design, crafts are often portrayed as a source of ornamental, figurative or historical inspiration. In this paper, instead, craft is framed as an open-ended process of making and material negotiations, involving material properties, diverging modes of knowledge production and representation, emergent tectonic configurations and embodied interaction with technology. By developing this framework, the paper aims to situate the exploratory nature of craft in the context of robotic architectural production. To achieve this, the paper develops a theoretical approach comprising notions of craft (Pye 1968), architectural tectonics (Frampton, 2001) and digital tectonics (Leach, Turnbull and Williams, 2004) in the context of robotic architectural production. Utilising a mixed methods approach, the ongoing project “Computing Craft” is presented as a case study illustrating the proposed framework in the context of cob construction. Finally, the project “Computing Craft” instantiates the proposed framework and helps determine its applicability, impact and limitations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0003-8628
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 August 2019
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2023 15:48

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