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An example construct created to explore project feasibility, compare variations, and optimize construction, a wall is translated into control points to which three systems are associated: framing, connections, and skin. Each of these components is fabricated using a different technique. Framing is CNC routed from plywood sheets. Cuts at the tops and bottoms of each part define the slope of the wall. Each connection is custom, allowing for fasteners to hold vertical framing elements at differing angles; these are 3D printed in ABS. For the skin, one goal was to allow the material to stretch across the variable face. Slots are laser-cut into a sheet of yupo paper to achieve this objective, allowing the surface to expand across the irregular dimensions between vertical framing members. Fabrication may inspire further design investigations; permeable façades or novel building modules for example. The goal is to encourage approaches where materials are not just applied to final forms and digital technologies are not just used to produce final products, but instead such crucial capabilities and constraints are incorporated iteratively into design processes.


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