Bridging the Gap: Exploring a Design-via-Making Approach in Architecture through Digital Guidance Systems

Thesis 2024
Steve (Peiyu) Hu (MSCD 2024)
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Advisors: Daniel Cardoso Llach, Dina El-Zanfaly
Abstract: This research explores the concept of the "Albertian split" in architecture, emphasizing the divide between design and construction and its impact on creativity. The study proposes a design-via-making approach, using digital technology to bridge the gap without traditional drawings. Two case study projects investigate a guiding system prototype. The prototype's development highlights the use of immersive display systems for a richer guiding system providing real-time comparison between design and execution. It explores color-coded geometry overlay and real-time geometry scanning interfaces. The deployment process is then illustrated in the design and fabrication of pottery pieces with both the traditional sequenced approach and the integrated design-make process. Results showcase a detailed comparison between physical and virtual designs, evaluating the guiding system's effectiveness. The discussion acknowledges system limitations and emphasizes the importance of design values during making, advocating for synchronized design and construction processes. The research aims to contribute to a paradigm shift in architectural design, fostering collaboration between designers and makers through innovative digital tools.