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Knapp, C. (2013, May). The hand and the machine: A hybrid approach to complex construction in a work of Sir Peter Cook. In R. Stouffs, P. Janssen, S. Roudavski, B. Tuncer (Eds.), 18th International Conference on Computer- Aided Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) (pp.633-642).

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This paper describes and provides a critique of the design and implementation of the “scoops” – a set of bespoke multifunctioning architectural free-form concrete elements that are a highlight of the new Soheil Abedian School of Architecture by the office of Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham (CRAB). The development includes the transfer of analogue design processes into digital 3d modelling, which is then analysed and rationalized via an exchange with consultants and procurement contractors. The complexity of the concrete works necessitated the use of digital fabrication to make their implementation affordable and within time constraints, with said complexity creating a variety of challenges for many aspects of the entire delivery team. The 3d model played a critical role in communicating intent and accuracy at all stages. The use of site-based craftsmanship combined with computer aided design and fabrication overlapped to realize the project.

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