Negotiating agency: computation and digital fabrication as design media by Corneel Cannaerts

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Abstract

My research investigates the agency of computation and digital fabrication and its influence on the making and materiality in architecture and design. Recent developments in computation and digital fabrication have made these technologies increasingly accessible to architects and designers in practice and academia, taking it from a rare novelty to a ubiquitous part of design practice. This has opened up a field of design exploration and brought material-making and materiality to the centre of attention in computational design, affording designers control over production processes at unseen scales and resolutions. The research tests the extent to which these agencies can lead to new creative opportunities.

Examiners: Dr Adam Jakimowicz, Prof Christophe Barlieb  Supervisors: Professor Mark Burry, Adj/Prof Johan Verbeke

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