In the Cause of Architecture: Traversing Design And Making

Iain Maxwell, Dave Pigram

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The contemporary exploration of the architectural potentials of robotic fabrication and algorithmic design techniques is most frequently associated with notions of the future and unquestioned claims of progress. Together these methods are hailed as providing the possibility for a clean break from prevailing modes of practice. However, as with all histories, certain concerns return periodically, and while the contemporary transition to robotics is unprecedented, the set of concerns it catalyzes is not. The disciplinary transitions enabled and implied by these two allied technologies, while a break from the recent past, resonate with more distant epochs, and in particular with the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution and the dawn of modernity. Robotics is thus the unlikely catalyst for another reading of historic positions related to the chain of artistic production.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-40
Number of pages10
JournalLog (New York)
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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