Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques / Lisa Iwamoto

Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques / Lisa Iwamoto

“Architecture continually informs and is informed by its modes of representation and construction, perhaps never more so than now, when digital media and emerging technologies are rapidly expanding what we conceive to be formally, spatially, and materially possible”

- Lisa Iwamoto

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.

From the publisher:

Architectural pioneers such as Frank Gehry and Greg Lynn introduced the world to the extreme forms made possible by digital fabrication. It is now possible to transfer designs made on a computer to computer-controlled machinery that creates actual building components. This “file to factory” process not only enables architects to realize projects featuring complex or double-curved geometries, but also liberates architects from a dependence on off-the-shelf building components, enabling projects of previously unimaginable complexity.

Digital Fabrications, the second volume in our new Architecture Briefs series, celebrates the design ingenuity made possible by digital fabrication techniques. Author Lisa Iwamoto explores the methods architects use to calibrate digital designs with physical forms. The book is organized according to five types of digital fabrication techniques: tessellating, sectioning, folding, contouring, and forming. Projects are shown both in their finished forms and in working drawings, templates, and prototypes, allowing the reader to watch the process of each fantastic construction unfold. 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. Featured architects include AEDS/Ammar Eloueini, Atelier Manferdini, Brennan Buck, MOS, Office dA, Florencia Pita/MOD, Mafoomby, URBAN A+O, SYSTEMarchitects, Andrew Kudless/Matsys, IwamotoScott, Atelier Hitoshi Abe, Chris Bosse, Tom Wiscombe/EMERGENT, Thom Faulders Architecture, Jeremy Ficca, SPAN, GNUFORM, Heather Roberge, PATTERNS, Ruy Klein, and servo.

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press, New York Editor: Clare Jacobson Designer: Brett Yasko

Language: English Cover: Paperback Pages: 144 Illustrations: 175 color Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches ISBN: 978-1-56898-790-3



Sectioning: Digital Weave, University of California, Berkeley / Lisa Iwamoto Mafoombey, Martti Kalliala, Esa Ruskeepää, with Martin Lukasczyk (Ply) Wood Delaminations, Georgia Institute of Technology / Monica Ponce de Leon A Change of State, Georgia Institute of Technology / Nader Tehrani space, Alan Dempsey and Alvin Huang BURST*.003, SYSTEMarchitects

Tessellating: West Coast Pavilion, Atelier Manferdini Huyghe + Le Corbusier Puppet Theatre, MOS Helios House, Office dA and Johnston Marklee & Associates California: Stage Set for John Jasperse, AEDS / Ammar Eloueini Airspace Tokyo, Thom Faulders Architecture Technicolor Bloom, Brennan Buck

Folding: Dragonfly, Tom Wiscombe / EMERGENT Nubik, AEDS / Ammar Eloueini In-Out Curtain, IwamotoScott Entry Paradise Pavilion, Chris Bosse / PTW Architects Aoba-tei, Atelier Hitoshi Abe Digital Origami, University of Technology, Sydney / Chris Bosse C_Wall, Andrew Kudless / Matsys Manifold, Andrew Kudless / Matsys

Contouring: Bone Wall, Urban A&O Design 306, Erwin Hauer and Enrique Rosado CNC panels, Jeremy Ficca Door with Peephole, WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON Gradient Scale, SPAN Tool-Hide, Ruy Klein

Forming: Alice, Florencia Pita mod Prototype Pavilion, MOS UniBodies, PATTERNS, with Kreysler & Associates NGTV, GNUFORM “Dark Places”, servo “Housing in Vienna”, SPAN Satin Sheet, University of California, Los Angeles /Heather Roberge Shiatsu, University of California, Los Angeles / Heather Roberge P_Wall, Andrew Kudless / Matsys

Notes Project Credits

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Cite: David Basulto. "Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques / Lisa Iwamoto" 05 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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