Grounding Associative Geometry: From Universal Style toward Specific Form

in Research Culture in Architecture

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This paper describes the application of associative geometry to specific issues of local architectural practice and building culture. It is a deliberate deviation from a mere technological fascination with computation-based form toward a refined understanding of place-form that is explored and specified with the help of parametric design. Two houses, designed and built with recent digital design and construction techniques at very specific places, illustrate the argument. Since their designs have profited from the ramifications and contingencies of architectural and building practice, they help to address questions on context, typology, tectonics, material articulation, craftsmanship, and place-form. Thus, the reciprocal reflection on building practice and architectural research helps to enrich both: the development of digital technologies in relation to disciplinary topics, such as a refined approach toward context.

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