Spatial Knowledge and the Built Environment

ARC Discovery Grant: Spatial Knowledge and the Built Environment: The Design Implications of Making, Processing and Digitally Prototyping Architectural Models.

Chief Investigators: Mark Burry,  Michael Ostwald, Peter Downton, Andrea Mina, Research Assistant: Alison Fairley

Project summary
“The built environment represents a significant financial, cultural and social investment in Australia’s future and its success depends on the process of architectural design. The architectural model is the primary design tool that predicts how the built environment will function when it is constructed. Traditionally the model was made by hand and the design refined through this process. However, increasingly architectural models are now visualised in 3D by computers and manufactured by computer controlled machines. This research project undertakes the first detailed analysis of the impact of the digital making/manufacturing process for architectural models on the design process.

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