Material is expensive, Geometry is cheap — Nature designs its structures using smart geometry to save material and to create high performance structures. In building conctruction, structurally efficient shapes have traditionally been expensive, time consuming and labor intensive in their design and construction. However, digital technology such as algorithmic design processes and robotic fabrication bear great potential to take more advantage of smart geometry in buildings, in order to save material, weight and cost.
A Resurgence of the Oldest Joining Method — Integral Attachment, the joining of parts through form, rather than additional fasteners is the oldest known joining technique. In timber construction, which is currently seeing a renaissence in architecture, there used to be a rich history of integral joints. Computational Design and Fabrication allows to re-visit elaborate traditional joining techniques.