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A Fetish for Fabrication

In digitally sophisticated Los Angeles, the Southern California Institute of Architecture's new Robot House ups the ante.

October 2011
From Architectural Record

By Russell Fortmeyer

Continuing Education

Use the following learning objectives to focus your study while reading this month’s Continuing Education article.

Learning Objectives - After reading this article, you will be able to:

  1. Identify methods for digital fabrication of architectural elements and building components.
  2. Discuss the limitations of digital fabrication tools for creating architectural elements and manipulating construction materials.
  3. Outline fabricators' processes for working with and modifying designers' digital files in order to create architectural elements and building components.
  4. Explain how robotics can be deployed in both the design and construction process.

Credits: 1.00 HSW

This test is no longer available for credit

The story discusses the tradition of experimentation with digital fabrication methods by Los Angeles firms, both large and small. Click here to read about it»

For the eatery Earl's Gourmet Grub, FreelandBuck created a mural made of white maple veneer laminated onto standard sheets of medium-density fiberboard.

Photo © Lawrence Anderson



Originally published in the October 2011 issue of Architectural Record

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