Digital Fabrications Architectural And Material Techniques

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ARC 5205 Advanced Theory STUDENT NAME: Nathalie Restrepo BOOK TITLE: Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques by Lisa Iwamoto Theory Professor Neil Leach DATE: 10/06/16 PAGES READ: 34-59, 88-105 Digital technologies have become a key element in revitalizing architecture design, as Lisa Iwamoto clearly demonstrates in a wide array of project examples in her book Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques. Iwamoto, an Architect and Structural Engineer, delves into how it is now possible to fluidly transition from computer-based designs to computer-controlled machinery to manifest custom building components. The chapters on Tessellation and Contouring are an attempt to demonstrate how CAD/CAM facilitate the work flow from the 3d modeling and creation of projects with added complexity, especially those that incorporate complex double-curved geometries. Before the work presented in this book can be discussed further, it is important to have background information on the two techniques and main modes of 3d modeling that will be referred to throughout the essay. Tessellation and contouring are not novel techniques; they’ve been around for hundreds of years but their implementation in design was previously limited due to the fact that tessellated and contoured projects were hand crafted, labor intensive, and time consuming. Tessellation (occasionally referred to as tiling) is defined as “a collection of pieces that fit together without gaps to
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