Publication: Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe)
Publication Type: Conference Proceedings
Conference Location: Oulu, Finland.
Article Title: rolyPOLY: A hybrid prototype for digital techniques and analog craft in architecture
Authors: Andrew John Wit + Simon Kim
Publication Date: August, 2016
Page Number: Volume 01. 631-638
Abstract: The rapid emergence of computational design tools, advanced material systems and robotic fabrication within the disciplines of architecture and construction has granted designers immense freedom in form and assembly, while retaining pronounced control over output quality throughout the entirety of the design and fabrication process. Simultaneously, the complexity inherent within these tools and processes can lead to a loss of craft though the production of methodologies, forms and artifacts left with extremely recognizable residues from tooling processes utilized during their production. This paper investigates the fecund intersection of digital technologies and hand craft through core-less carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) winding as a means of creating a new typology of digital craft blurring the line between human and machine. Through the lens of an innovative wound CFRP shelter rolyPOLY completed during the winter of 2015, this paper will show the exigencies and affordances between the realms of digital and analog methodologies of CFRP winding on large-scale structures.