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Nurbsters
Various CAD/CAM 1:1 und 1:3 prototypes and architectural projects, London-Venice, Prague, Taichung, Lisbon, Hamburg, Badajoz, 2003-2007. Design team: marcosandmarjan; Mitarbeit: Nat Keast, Samuel White, Mark Andrews (Nurbster II); Alex Kirkwod, Frank Gilks (Nurbster III); Feng Chia University marcosandmarjan Digital Workshop students (Nurbster IV); João Albuquerque, Shui Liu, Marco Sacchi; Tze-Chun Wei, Wanda Yu-Ying Hu (Nurbster VII). For the British Council (Nurbster III), Feng Chia University Taichung Taiwan (Nurbster IV), Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and EGEAC (Nurbster V), Institute for Cultural Policy (Nurbster VI), L’Atalante with ExperimentaDesign and Corte-Real (Nurbster VII), MEIAC Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (Nurbster VIII). Fabrication: Zone Creations (Nurbster I and II); Control Waterjet Cutting (Nurbster III); Chun-Sheng Industry Limited Company (Nurbster IV); Lasindústria (Nurbster VII); Rosskopf und Partner (Nurbster VIII)... NURBSTERs I–VIII is a series of models and 1:1 prototypes, conceived for exhibitions/installations. The design and manufacturing are completely computerized. Questions: how to develop a poetic digital avant-garde through 2D/3D software, computer numerically controlled (CNC) and rapid protoyping (RP) technologies that go beyond software-related aesthetics and parametric constraints? Aims/objectives: to develop: (1) A file-to-factory design methodology bridging the gap between digital architectural theory and the built environment. (2) Various typologies of interior and urban furniture designs. (3) Efficient and sustainable designs that maximize CAD/CAM cutting processes to attain positive and negative cut-outs for use as 3D objects and 2D screens. Contexts: CAD/CAM technologies are long established in the shipbuilding industry and expanding owing to their availability and affordability. However, these technologies have not so far changed the way architecture is theorized, designed or produced. If at all, such expertise has been used for the mass-manufacturing of product design, but rarely for main steel structures, facades, skins, internal secondary structures and division walls. Methods: individual components cut out of standard-sized MDF, plywood or metal boards by CAD-operated machines. A series of notched sections creates a complex object, fitting programmatic, structural and ergonomic requisites, and reinterpreting the traditional Chinese wooden cut-joint fitting technique ideal for quick assembly and disassembly. The NURBSTERs prototypes and installations have all been sponsored by academic and cultural institutions or the industry. They have appeared in various authored articles, such as in the monograph marcosandmarjan Interfaces / Intrafaces, (2005) pp. 12-25 Austria, in META.morfosis: el museo y el arte en la era digital (2006) pp. 136-40 Spain, in 5th FEIDAD Award (2006) pp. 102-5, and in Metaflux. Catalogue of the Portuguese Official Representation at the 9th Architecture Biennial Venice (2004) p. 130 Portugal. They have been reviewed in Arquitectura e Vida (issue 84 July 2007) Portugal, in Computer-Aided Design & Applications (Vol. 3, Nos. 1-4, 2006) pp. 49-58 Taiwan, inTaiwan Architecture (issue 11, 2005) pp. 62-7, 80-3. Featured also in Arquitectura e Vida (issue 71 May 2006) pp. 56-61, in FCU News (issue 1 June 2005) p. 6 Taiwan, in Central Daily News (12.03.05) p. 7 Taiwan, in China Times (12.03.05) p. C2 Taiwan, in United Daily News (12.03.05) p. C2 Taiwan, in British Council Slovakia News (autumn 2005), in SME (09. and 19.10.05) Slovakia and in Interior Design + Construction (issue 129 May 2005) p. 102 PR China. http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/9741/
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