Computer-aided Manufacture in Architecture: The Pursuit of Novelty

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Architectural Press, 2001 - Architecture - 172 pages
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Computer Aided Manufacture in Architecture is both a critical introduction and a practical guide to CAM. It argues that our understanding and exploration of CAM requires more than knowledge of the technology involved. It also demands an awareness of its relation to existing practices of design and making. By placing CAM within the context of both traditional craft and mechanised mass production, this book shows how we can begin to 'change the craft of design'.

Callicott covers both the origins of CAM and its future applications outside of conventional manufacturing. A number of experimental projects - undertaken specifically for the research of the book - consider the strategies for future multi-disciplinary applications. Techniques explored include both the rapid prototyping of objects within the design studio and large-scale examples within the manufacturing industry using CNC machining strategies. Together they provide designers with an unprecedented opportunity to carry out complex and unique proposals within research and commercial practice.

Computer aided manufacture greatly increases the palette of tools available to designers and in so doing changes both the craft of design and the design process itself. This book explores the questions that this throws open and challenges the way in which we design today - do we succumb to pre-packaged solutions, or are we still in control of the technology we use?

*A concise, clear, 'how to do it' guide to a new and exciting area of architecture
*Allows you to explore the challenges that face architects today
*Describes techniques and outlines what value they bring to the design process

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