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Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques (Architecture Briefs) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1568987903 ISBN-10: 1568987900 Edition: 144 p.

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  • Series: Architecture Briefs
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 144 p. edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568987900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568987903
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Digital Fabrications presents projects designed and built by emerging practices that pioneer techniques and experiment with fabrication processes on a small scale with a do-it-yourself attitude." --Dexigner

"During 2009 I had the chance to visit Iwamoto Scott in San Francisco, a practice lead by Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott. At their office I could see first hand the study models for some of the projects the firm has been involved, such as a mockup for their P.S.1 proposal, Coral Reef, or the lightweight wooden pieces that structure the massive Voussoir Cloud installation at SCI Arc. These small pieces had a lot to tell, not only about the specific project they were part of, but also their iterations. The firm has a recognized expertise in digital fabrication, presented by Lisa Iwamoto at the AIA Convention 2009 during the Emerging Voices forum, and also on her book `Digital Fabrication' edited by Princeton Architectural Press under their Architecture Brief series. The book presents in a clear way (with very good examples) the methods behind digital fabrication: sectioning, tessellating, folding, contouring, and forming. For most of us these words are pretty much obvious and we often use them as design principles of our projects. But to get the full scope of what they really mean, or for those that want to start understanding -and using- them, this is a recommended reading." --Arch Daily

"Because Digital Fabrications concentrated on the experimentation of these fabrication techniques and the processes of creating forms using these techniques, I didnt feel that the book was just another architectural image catalog of abstract forms with descriptions encoded in archi-babble. The book was written in a concise manner that was sufficiently descriptive and intelligently thought provoking." --Blue Architecture

"If I had to recommend you one book about the use of digital tools in architecture, it would be this one. Written by an expert who is also a successful practitioner (Lisa Iwamoto, a leader in the field of digital fabrications, is associate professor of architecture at UC Berkeley and a principal of IwamotoScott Architecture), Digital Fabrications is pleasantly approachable. First, there's the visual appeal of the publication. It is a light, compact book shock full of fabulous pictures and concise yet precise descriptions of the many projects covered. The most engaging characteristic of the volume however is its content. The author has chosen to highlight the innovative and DIY attitude that reigns among designers and architects who use digital technologies. Many of the projects are detailed and made comprehensible with graphics and pictures making it a great inspiration for other architects as well as for students. In fact, students projects are also featured in the book." --World Changing

"Going through the projects in Lisa Iwamotos newly published survey, Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009. 144 pages) gives me the impression that much of the contemporary outlook in architecture, especially in its schools, has a lot to do with the rediscovery of Gottfried Semper. Here you have a frenzied revelry in the assembly of various independent components into elaborate skins, an exploration of the textile and foldable properties of materials, and a recovery of surface as something wanting a glorious independence from mundane structures." --Javierest

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Madeline Gannon on October 9, 2009
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Contributing to the discussion on the role of digital and emerging technology in the discipline of architecture, Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques documents a series of recent projects with an integral relationship between the act of designing and the act of making. Iwamoto organizes these works in a manner that draws commonalities between their material, tectonic, and spatial innovations, presenting these independent projects as a coherent collective that is innovating architectural thinking, teaching, making, and designing. This curation captures the vanguard spirit of the 1:1 experiments by focusing on smaller-scale projects (fabricated within the past five years, and by relatively young, small firms or even students,) as their prescribed restrictions (the availability of space, budget, materials, and/or tools) promotes innovating standard, accessible materials and machinery to achieve a new, unanticipated affect.

Throughout Digital Fabrications, the emphasis is design + fabrication. Iwamoto excludes purely tectonic projects, as well as unbuilt designs, as the true ethos of these experiments in architectural design/fabrication is how the two processes integrate and inform each other. The projects included are in continuous contact with material and fabrication techniques during the various stages of development. The design (and designer) works in congruence with the computer, as well as the tools and methods of fabrication, to conceive and realize their work. The included projects exemplify how open, synchronous communication between design and manufacturing can, and has been, expanding spatial, material, and tectonic possibilities within the discipline.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fablabgab on August 4, 2011
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An amazing introduction for the novice, yet extremely engaging for those in the field. A great mix of small scale projects, and big theory. There is an inherent gap in the practice of building, and that of designing, this book addresses how digital fabrication, and the various techniques and processes are addressing and working through that gap.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Montgomery on April 2, 2010
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this book is great for understanding the methods behind creating some of these amazing shapes and forms. Great digital process and fabrication methods.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Circle Cutter Commander on July 26, 2012
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I work very thoroughly with computer programs that are capable of producing these fantastic environments and I am still blown away by the types of works I could produce.

This is like my bible to the digital process world. If I have any questions on how I should approach something, I would see to this book first for inspiration if there was a way to make it more simple and elegant.

Anybody working with 3-Dimensional programs (Rhinoceros / Maya / Autodesk / Solidworks / etc.) should get this IMMEDIATELY.
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