This publication collates the core strands of the 5-part discussion series Craftsmanship in the Digital Age: Architecture, Values and Digital Fabrication, which was undertaken in 2017 in collaboration with The Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, NOWlab and the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)

Craftsmanship in the Digital Age invited established manufacturers, proponents of newer digital production tools, architects, and building industry representatives, to co-articulate a craftsmanship approach for the incorporation of digital fabrication into architecture. Rather than seeing digital tools as incongruous with craftsmanship, Craftsmanship in the Digital Age posited that the second digital chapter in architecture design could in fact strengthen certain skills and principles characteristic of craftsmanship with benefits for architecture and manufacturing, including; more effective building materials and spatial typologies, a closer working relationship between architects and manufacturers, and an assertion of critical values for the building industry at this point in history, especially regarding energy and resource sustainability.

This book compiles the circa 40 participant responses into three core chapters on theory, practice, and outlook. Each chapter begins with short representative positions drawn from the keynote talks, and concludes with arguments extracted from discussions on the added value of digital fabrication, designing architecture in this second digital era, and digital building culture. The practice chapter contains 13 illustrated case study projects.

New conversations, like this one on digital fabrication, can provide fresh impetus to rethink the status quo. The Craftsmanship in the Digital Age series took the conversation out of the lab. This book aims to bring it into university design studios, onto the desks of architects, engineers and manufacturers, and onto the agendas of regulatory building industry bodies.

Ben van Berkel, Founder and Principal Architect, UNStudio, Amsterdam
Mario Carpo, Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory at The Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London
Fabio Gramazio, Founding Partner, Gramazio Kohler Architects and Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH, Zurich
Francine Houben, Founding Partner and Creative Director, Mecanoo Architects, Delft
Kas Oosterhuis, Professor of Digital Design Methods and Director of Hyperbody Research Group, TU Delft and Founding Partner, studio ONL, s-Gravenzande
Wolfgang Rieder, CEO and Founder, Rieder Group, Maishofen
Richard Sennett, Centennial Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics
Martin Tamke, InnoChain ETN Network / Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Founding Partner, Snøhetta Architects, Oslo

Title: Craftsmanship in the Digital Age. Architecture, Values and Digital Fabrication
Series: ANCB Edition #4
Publisher: ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory
Format: 148 x 210 mm, 144 pages
Language: English
Price: 10 Euro
ISBN: 978-3-944083-04-0
Publication Year: 2019

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