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Automated Production: at the Intersection of Digital Labour and Building Practice

Claypool, M; Retsin, G; Jimenez Garcia, M; Jaschke, C; Saey, K; (2021) Automated Production: at the Intersection of Digital Labour and Building Practice. In: Proceedings of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 109th Annual Meeting – ‘Expanding the View’ 2021. Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

As approaches to computation in architecture are shifting from a new way of making towards a new way of thinking, we must reconsider the prevalent concept of ‘digital architecture’ in order to find value in increasing computing power that is centered around communities and a reconsideration of labour, instead of neoliberal paradigms or postmodern principles. [Lab Name] at [Institution], argue that ‘digital architecture’ is not so much a paradigm as rather a collection of methods that fails to address fundamental issues in the contemporary built environment such as the construction industry’s slow digitisation and the field’s inclination to adopt automated technologies such as robotics without questioning workflows. The paper discusses these issues along two main concepts, the assembly problem and the automation gap, which are utilised as starting points for a fundamental reconsideration around frameworks of digital labour in which the authors argue that we must radically and creatively rethink our practice in order to formulate a new architectural syntax that is capable of coping with increasing automation. By using discrete parts as the foundation of architectural platforms, the paper introduces a paradigm shift towards participatory community building and digital labour that instrumentalizes automated technologies for a democratising approach to the digital in which humans and machines complement each other.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Automated Production: at the Intersection of Digital Labour and Building Practice
Event: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 109th Annual Meeting – ‘Expanding the View’
Dates: 24 March 2021 - 26 March 2021
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.acsa-arch.org/conference/109th-annual-...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions. This article appears with permission from the ACSA and the original version can be found in the ACSA 109th Annual Conference Proceedings book.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10116456
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