Building (in) the Future: Recasting Labor in Architecture

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Princeton Architectural Press, Mar 3, 2010 - Architecture - 216 pages
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There is no denying the transformational role of the computer in the evolution of contemporary architectural practice. Butdoes this techno-determinist account tell the whole story? Are humans becoming irrelevant to the overall development of thebuilt environment? Building (in) the Future confronts these important questions by examining the fundamental human relationships that characterize contemporary design and construction. Thirty-four contributors including designers,engineers, fabricators, contractors, construction managers, planners, and scholars examine how contemporary practicesof production are reshaping the design/construction process.

Through observations, arguments, and detailed project explorations contributors describe new models of practice and reorganizations of labor for the 21st century. Chapters include a reconsideration of craft in light of digital fabrication; anexploration of new methods of collaboration; an analysis of changes in contracts and standards; and an assessment of thenew market realities of mass production and customization.

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About the author (2010)

Phillip Bernstein is Vice-President at Autodesk, Inc., where he leads the Building Solutions Division, and a lecturer on professional practice at the Yale School of Architecture.

Peggy Deamer is a principal in the firm, Deamer Studio, and a professor at the Yale School of Architecture.

Extended essays by Kenneth Frampton, Paolo Tombesi, Howard W. Ashcraft, Jr., Reinhold Martin, and Barry Bergdoll

Brief essays by Kevin Rotheroe, James Carpenter, Branko Kolarevic, Rodd Merchant, John Taylor, Chris Noble, Phil Bernstein, and Kent Larson

Case Studies on recent architectural projects by Sheila Kennedy, Mark Goulthorpe, William Zahner, Klaus Bollinger, Scott Marble, Marc Simmons, Coren Sharples, John Nastasi, Hilary Sample, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Christiano Ceccato, Robert Kelle, Ewa Magnusson, Charlie Lazor, and James Timberlake

And a preface by Robert A.M. Stern, introductory remarks by Andrew Ross, and a postscript by Moshen Mostafavi

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