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Manufacturing the Bespoke: Making and Prototyping Architecture

Bob Sheil (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-66582-4
280 pages
April 2012
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The essential reader on fabrication in architecture for practitioners and producers alike

An original and informative reader on the subject of translating architectural ideas from conceptual propositions to physical manifestations, Manufacturing the Bespoke is an essential resource for students and practitioners of architecture, as well as producers and suppliers of architectural products.

At a time where roles, methods and capabilities within the disciplines of building production are in unprecedented flux, this book:

  • Provides a unique and highly current treatment on the subject of fabrication in architecture with its emphasis on contemporary technology, cultural history and theory
  • A key source book for students and professionals engaged in manufacturing/fabrication projects
  • Includes extended articles by internationally renowned critics, theorists, educators and designers, such as Mathias Kohler, Nevi Oxman, and Michael Stacey
  • Articles will examine and refer to key portfolios of the 20th and 21st Century including works by Pierre Charreau, Peter Salter and Rural Studio

Featuring essays from pioneering architects, engineers, academics and designers from around the world on both existing and yet-to-be-built projects, the book covers architecture across the ages.

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Table of Contents

6 Introduction
Bob Sheil

14 From Making the Bespoke to Manufacturing the Bespoke
Bob Sheil

28 The Bespoke is a Way of Working, Not a Style
Stephen Gage

42 Models, Prototypes and Archetypes: Fresh Dilemmas Emerging from the 'File to Factory' Era
Mark Burry

58 Digital Craft in the Making of Architecture
Michael Stacey

78 R-O-B: Towards a Bespoke Building Process
Tobias Bonwetsch, Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler

88 The Matter of Pochoir and the Imaging of the Maison de Verre
Mary Vaughan Johnson

102 Soil and Protoplasm Designing the Hylozoic Ground Component System
Philip Beesley

120 Wai Mer Road
Peter Salter

132 The Fore Cast
Mark West

146 Drawing Out an Indeterminate Duration
Nat Chard

162 Incisions in the Haze
Kate Davies and Emmanuel Vercruysse; Liquidfactory

174 An Interview with Frank Fantauzzi from Iceberg Project
Natalija Subotincic

182 Grymsdyke Farm: An Enquiry into Making on Site
Guan Lee

194 The Rural Studio: Between a Twister and a Hurricane
Anderson Inge

208 Fractal, Bad Hair, Swoosh and Driftwood: Pavilions of AA Intermediate Unit 2, 2006-09
Charles Walker and Martin Self

220 Microstructure, Microstructure and the Steering of Material Proclivities
Phil Ayres

238 Print to Protocell
Rachel Armstrong

248 Large-Scale Additive Fabrication: Freeform Construction
Xavier De Kestelier and Richard Buswell

256 Material Computation
Neri Oxman

266 Models of Risk: Craft Past and Present in Prototyping for Human Space Flight
Constance Adams

276 Index

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Author Information

Bob Sheil is the Director of Technology and Computing at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He is a founding partner in sixteen*(makers), a workshop-based architectural practice, whose work has been widely published and exhibited internationally. He guest-edited ADDesign through Making(July/August 2005, John Wiley & Sons Ltd), and ADProtoarchitecture(May/June 2008, John Wiley & Sons Ltd).
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