ALAR 8995: Construction Intentions
Often, construction is overlooked in the design process until all spatial and formal ideas are established. But the way a building is constructed can have a drastic impact on the very ideas that are established while ignoring it. What if a construction methodology is established before form begin to take shape? How does the construction intention of a building, when defined at the point of conceptualization, affect the nature of the architecture? Can the process of construction be used to inform the architecture throughout the design process?
Through the thesis, Construction Intentions, I have begun to develop a personal grammar of making and construction. The design and research are focused on three specific construction types - concrete rigid frame, steel frame, and wood platform frame - at the scale of a house. By developing a language of how each construction can be optimized in the design of the building, I intend to create a framework for a specific design response.