Making Architecture: Let's Be Tangible
Graham, René Elizabeth
Master of Architecture thesis
This thesis interrogates the architectural potentialities of materials and their ability to inform space. Contemporary digital design techniques have allowed, more than in the past, the exploration of new complex formal languages, free of materiality. Current construction techniques have made meager attempts at achieving equivalent complexities, resulting in a severance between the drawing [conceptualization] and making [realization] of architecture. Using chipboard, the material of the architectural model, this project develops an “a posteriori” logic of material performance by exploring physical properties through multiple techniques of fabrication and manipulation. In a broader sense, this project demonstrates how the physical properties of any material influences the conceptualization, manipulation, and fabrication processes of output. Working through established constraints of materiality, representation and design, this project establishes a catalog of methodological insights demonstrating how the conceptual design and physical construction of architecture can be more closely integrated.