Practices: Architectural and Engineering Applications of Digital and Manufacturaing
CAD/CAM In the Business of ARchitecture, Engineering and Construction
Andrew Chazar and James Glymph
Andre Chazar and James Glymph touch upon the introduction of digital design and its possible ramifications in the realm of architecture, engineering and construction. An important question raised in the article is that of ownership and responsibility. While the design and construction of buildings is highly governed by regulations and contracts in the present world, digital work strives to go beyond these restraints and reshape what can be done today. Thus when a project is permitted to go beyond the regulations a sense of ownership is reclaimed by the design team.
Another intriguing point brought up within the reading was the current status of collaborative design within the collected fields required for building. Normally in current educational system we find that architects, engineers, and construction students do not collaborate with each other, rarely is there even overlaps in the computer programs that each uses. The point is raised that often most buildings that achieve high level of design, aside from a design-build project, requires a common level of agreement and ambition between all parties, which commonly contributes to a client’s agreement to follow through with the proposal.
Opposite to that argument another point is raised that Architects could and should use new digital design tools to gain leverage within the built world. An example SHoP’s built work of the Porterhouse is later discussed to show how the Architect can begin to expand its territory of responsibilities within the construction field. The example with the Porterhouse is their ingenious use of a three size panel facade system, in which they both design and fabricate in-house ultimately providing large savings in construction finances. It is also noted that no shop drawings were needed because all of the processes of these panels, from design to fabrication, was through digital software that can read three-dimensional geometry.