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Refabricating Architecture


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Chapter 1: The Process Engineer and the Aesthetics of ArchitectureArchitecture: Art or Commodity?The Hand and the MachineGreat ArchitectureEquationIntegration - not SegregationTools of the Process EngineerAn Example: The CarResult: Higher QualityMaster BuildingChapter 2: Role Reminders in the New WorldArchitectContractorMaterials ScientistProduct EngineerChapter 3: Enabling Systems as Regulatory StructureEnabling CommunicationsInformation Management/Representation/OrganizationCommunications ExamplesChapter 4: Processes We Do Not SeeIntegrated Component AssemblyModular AssemblyGrand BlocksSectioned AssemblyArchitecture of the JointChapter 5: ArchitectureLessons of ModernismMass ProductionMass CustomizationPresent RealitiesTransfer ProcessesTransfer MaterialsChapter 6: Mass Customization of ArchitectureEvolutionBuilding BlocksPanel MethodsArchitecture, Not BuildingCase Study 1: Grand Block MethodCase Study 2: Panel MethodChapter 7: Evolution Not RevolutionEvolutionary ArchitectureHowWhen

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Few architects have considered building carefully and insightfully...opportunity to improve...quality and speed of construction and design. Architectural Record 20040801 By using thoughtfully designed elements...buildings can be "produced" in less time and at less cost while remaining true to good design and the needs of the space. Civil Engineering 20040401 Excerpts from Get Smart section of magazine by Barbara Flanagan Implacable sculpture made by ancient methods is no way to build now, say architects Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake...the partners claim that a new industrial revolution ought to transform the way buildings are planned, designed, constructed, and operated. In short, they want to redesign design. Why do ships, cars, planes, and spaceships keep getting better, while buildings don't budge? Part of the problem is that architects don't fully exploit "transfer technologies" -- that is they don't mine fields outside their niche. To speed the progress, Kieran Timberlake tries to turn down projects with "obvious" solutions and has, for the past two years, run a tiny inhouse think tank for nonapplied research... SmartWrap, exhibited last fall at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, is one fruit of the 55-person firm's collaboration with students and with manufacturers such as DuPont. The project, resembling gift-wrapped scaffolding, showcased a "first-generation prototype" of a potential building material that absorbs energy and then uses it to heat, cool, light, decorate, and communicate. ... ...the firm's proudest achievement is the new addition to Penn's engineering school. Their plot to undermine architecture emerges in their new book refabricating Architecture. I.D. Magazine 20040115

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