ISBN 9781568988061,Building (In) The Future: Recasting Labor In Architecture

Building (In) The Future: Recasting Labor In Architecture



Princeton Architectural Press

Publication Year 2009

ISBN 9781568988061

ISBN-10 1568988060


Number of Pages 215 Pages
Language (English)

The arts: general issues

There is no denying the transformational role of the computer in the evolution of contemporary architectural practice. Butdoes this techno-determinist account tell the whole story? Are humans becoming irrelevant to the overall development of thebuilt environment? Building (in) the Future confronts these important questions by examining the fundamental human relationships that characterize contemporary design and construction. Thirty-four contributors including designers,engineers, fabricators, contractors, construction managers, planners, and scholars examine how contemporary practicesof production are reshaping the design/construction process. Through observations, arguments, and detailed project explorations contributors describe new models of practice and reorganizations of labor for the 21st century. Chapters include a reconsideration of craft in light of digital fabrication; anexploration of new methods of collaboration; an analysis of changes in contracts and standards; and an assessment of thenew market realities of mass production and customization.