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Architecture, Art and Planning | 2009

“Adaptive Component Systems”

Dana Cupkova



The integration of contemporary fabrication technology and discreet energy harvesting methods into architectural design pedagogy is an essential step towards developing systems that could revolutionize efficiency outcomes in building performance. Using the merged capabilities of computational design and digitally-controlled machine tools, students collaborated with a local rapid prototype fabricator to design and streamline full-scale prototypes. The development of on-line tutorials and resources provided students with the technological and theoretical background required for fast paced collaborations with fabricators and engineering consultants. By injecting these processes directly into the design methodology, students developed a holistic understanding of parametric design and prototyping as a means of addressing contemporary architectural response to climactic problems.


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