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The Automation of Architectural Production: Towards Collaborative and Coordinated Models of Practice

Claypool, M; Retsin, G; Jimenez Garcia, M; Jaschke, C; Saey, K; (2021) The Automation of Architectural Production: Towards Collaborative and Coordinated Models of Practice. Fresh Meat Journal (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Architecture has a fundamental responsibility to not only respond to, but actively shape the public realm and the behaviors of its inhabitants. It therefore also has the responsibility to propose and introduce models that reflect the challenges of their times, and provoke the questioning of the status quo. Presently our built environment is one of inequality and exclusivity, as evidenced by global housing crises and neoliberal politics that favor a privatization of common spaces for the benefit of the capitalist market. However, by not using our technological possibilities for the proposition of fundamentally changed models of designing and building, but rather the perpetuation of architectural singularities and complex geometries entangled in the deceptive, infinite variation of mass-customization, architects are currently failing to challenge these developments in a holistic, cross-disciplinary manner. It therefore seems timely to investigate how the digital tools that have become ubiquitous in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries for design, visualisation and project management can become activators for a shift within a wider context of the need for better labor practices, more sustainable construction processes, and a built environment that benefits the many, not the few. Since the dawn of the “Age of Automation” with the establishment of the “automation department” at Ford in 1947,1 automated technologies have been introducing new workflows and modes of production across industries, yet these developments have so far not been taken up by the AEC industries.

Type: Article
Title: The Automation of Architectural Production: Towards Collaborative and Coordinated Models of Practice
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.freshmeatjournal.com/
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.
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/10117412
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