The nature of making: rapid prototyping in architecture

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Show simple item record Bacon, Mark 2006-05-18T18:25:00Z 2006-05-18T18:25:00Z 2006-05-18T18:25:00Z
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to examine how the industrial process of rapid prototyping might reshape practice and making in architecture. Rapid prototyping is defined as an accelerated, adaptive evolution of a system or its components in some form using computer-aided drafting and manufacturing. Historically, all architecture was the intelligence of a single maker—the master builder. Specialization has caused architecture to fragment with architects serving only as designers. This report explores the ability of computer-aided drafting and manufacturing technologies to streamline the design procedure, which potentially increases the architect’s input into the process of building. Effectually, the architect narrows the distance between the design and the built—returning the architect to the role of master builder. An actual design exercise will examine the connection of architectural practice to making. To apply this research a habitable space was constructed through the incorporation of rapid prototyping. en
dc.description.sponsorship Midwest Industries; Development and Limited Advanced Manufacturing Institute en
dc.format.extent 64874563 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Rapid prototyping en
dc.subject Master builder en
dc.subject Computer numerically controlled en
dc.subject Versioning en
dc.title The nature of making: rapid prototyping in architecture en
dc.type Thesis en Master of Architecture en
dc.description.level Masters en
dc.description.department Department of Architecture en
dc.description.advisor Matthew Knox en
dc.subject.umi Architecture (0729) en 2006 en May en

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