Building without Nails: Enabling Flexibility and Structural Integrity through Digital Prototyping

Apr 06, 2015

This paper demonstrates developments in combining advanced structural design with computational modeling, towards realizing a construction system that allows for significant flexibility and adaptability in housing design within the Canadian context. Based on advanced digital prototyping strategies, the system enables high accuracy in the design phase leading to subsequent precision in production and assembly. Such an application allows delivering high levels of detailing in production of structural components, thus supporting the intention of predefined assembly on jobsites and reducing waste.

keywords: Flexibility, Adaptability, Customization, Prefabrication, Digital Prototyping

Basem EID Mohamed (McGill University)
Frederic Gemme (2BONE Structure | Simple Concept, Quebec)
Aaron Sprecher (McGill University)
Presented at: 
ARCC 2015 Conference – The FUTURE of Architectural Research (Chicago, IL)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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