2. Hybrid techniques

Ongoing developments in digital technologies have radically altered the relationship between design idea and fabrication. Through the use of digital design, closely allied with digital making and assembly methodologies, a number of architectural projects have been wholly realized in a digital manner. This process is typically referred to as ‘file-to-factory’, meaning that the data from the design directly informs the technologies of making. However, this relatively closed loop of integrative design represents only one avenue of creative activity for architects, and, in both professional and educational contexts, it is worthwhile considering the use of hybrid techniques that enable designers to explore and dovetail both analogue ...

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