Rapid prototyping technologies have historically utilised by a range of industries (e.g. automotive) to produce precise and complex forms calculated and generated through digital modelling. This research examines the changes in architectural production that result from these digital manufacturing technologies.
The research addresses the possibilities of combining digital data and modelling techniques with material fabrication technologies and the question of the implications for architectural design and the spectrum of possibilities for production. The possibility of fabricating building components and engaging with the construction process through the utilisation of digital modelling software and rapid prototyping technologies provides the opportunity to expand the production logic into the design process.
The significance of this research is that it has not only enabled the landscape architect to integrate significant elements of the project in the design, but also in the design process, which in turn not only expand the spectrum of possibilities for construction, but also the production logic into the design process. In this manner the design and construction responsibility of these elements, historically subjugated by other disciplines and trades, remains an integral and coherent part of the meta design, and has also informed a new mode of design practice. This research was commissioned by Urban Initiatives Landscape Architects, Melbourne, Australia, and the Mitchell Shire Council, Victoria, Australia to inform and make possible the design and construction of six memorials to the devastating bush fires of 2009.