Surface Ornamentation as By-product of Digital Fabrication

Ashish Mohite, Mariia Kochneva, Toni Kotnik

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The project consists of series of experiments directed towards devising methodology on utilizing 3D printer as generative constituent of design process. The thesis is that manipulation of manufacturing parameters could lead to various architectural facets being informed by the process of making. A method to manipulate G-code, an interface between digital parametric design and digital manufacturing, was developed in order to instigate emergence of controlled yet indeterminate textural patterning directly out of fabrication process. The objective of the project is derived from a concept of surface ornamentation as indirect material trace of the process of formation. This line of thought touches upon several themes. Among them is an idea of ornament being a behavior, immanent to an object, made manifest through the process of construction. (Moussavi, 2008). That behavior is referred to as internal structuring of object’s materiality when exposed to external forming forces. (Spuybroek, 2016). The process of formation is therefore informed by relationship between material logic and machine logic, whereas surface variation is an expression of that interaction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcadia 2017 Disciplines & Disruption
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture
EditorsTakehiko Nagakura, Skylar Tibbits, Caitlin Mueller
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780692965061
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAcadia Disciplines & Disruption: Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States
Duration: 2 Nov 20174 Nov 2017
Conference number: 37


ConferenceAcadia Disciplines & Disruption
Abbreviated titleAcadia
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • digital fabrication


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