A digital brick laying technique, A DIY for Architects
Client: Z.Jabarpour + R. Naghavi
Construction: Behesht construction co. + sstudiomm
It is an independent research, some parts are extracted from Hossein Naghavi’s MArch Thesis.2012BuffaloNY-2016TMUTehran
Digital fabrication has made an excessive degree of precision available to a great society. However, still a considerable part of building industry functions with a lower precision, and uses production methods of the last century. In other words, digital technology is a luxury, though it may not be revealed in the first glance. This research seeks the digital revolution; the phenomenon many other fields (like product design with DIYs) have gone through relying on open-source. To find the barriers this research rethinks the role of human and machine in the production process. The result is a professional DIY, A DIY for architects.
A precedent of this research is walls with rotating bricks by Kohler and Gramazio of Zurich ETH. This research is concerned with finding other methods to reproduce the same effect with brick. The considered methods seek to reduce the budget with a certain degree of leniency on precision and also providing on-site fabrication possibility. In other words, this research is seeking the strategies toward avoiding surplus precision in the design and fabrication process in order to make the luxurious reachable for a greater society. The extent of human-eye ability to distinguish the ambiguity which is called ‘error’ is the focus of the explorations.
the research includes a parallel study. Architecture is known to be similar to translation in some or many senses. The faithful/unfaithful dilemma, this time regarding the translation from drawing to matter, is the main concern. The Innate interdisciplinary nature of dualities defining the problem of this research makes it necessary to search fields other than architecture. This research looks to translation studies, cultural studies and humanities through texts by Walter Benjamin, Homi Bhabha and Donna Haraway in order to find the roots of the architecture’s routine precision fetishism and contradictions coming from it. Contradictions clearly outlined in Francesca Hughes’ “The Architecture of Error” (MITpress 2014), one of the key references of this research.
Another outcome of the research is a 10 pages long kind of article, that only contains 19 quotations. This part uses Hughes’book as a start point and tries to look for the strategy she discusses in her book, a strategy against precision, by looking to other disciplines to rethink the costs and boundaries and cures of precision fetishism in architecture for the sake of economy.
The article can be found next door. I think it is a cool collection, but I am still working on it.
Keywords: Parametric Architecture, Digital Fabrication, Brickwork, Brick, Craft, Translation, Error, Precision, Hybrids, Cyborg, DIY, Economy, Hand, Material Studies, Industrial Organization, Modernism.