The illusive and uncertain world of translating ideas into matter is a negotiation between the ideal and the real and a central preoccupation of architectural production. By invading the toolbox of digital fabrication, design has transgressed into protocols of manufacturing previously the domain of other disciplines and skills sets. Craft, assembly and installation, once the realm of trades, are qualities that are now dependent upon design information and its status as an instruction to make. The ensuing loop between the physical and tactile, the imaginary and speculative, has defined a new expectation in making architecture as a construct that is part real, part ideal. With contributions from Lebbeus Woods, Evan Douglis, Theo Jansen, Shin Egashira and many more, Protoarchitecture presents an explicitly diverse collection of works from leading and emerging practitioners, educators, researchers and visionaries from all corners of this innovative field.
Editorial (Helen Castle). Introduction. Photoarchitecture: Between the Analogue and the Digital (Bob Sheil). The Wonder of Trivial Machines (Stephen Gage). Strandbeests (Theo Jansen). Drawn into Space: Zaha Hadid (Lebbeus Woods). Convoluted Flesh: A Synthetic Approach to Analogue and Digital Architecture (Marjan Colletti and Marcos Cruz). The Memory of an Elephant (Bob Sheil). Thinking with Matter (Mark West). Prosthetic Mythologies (Kate Davies and Emmanuel Vercruysse). Flora-Flex: In Search of Synthetic Immortality (Evan Douglis). Screens (Niall McLaughlin). Out of the Phase: Making an Approach to Architecture and Landscape (Mark Smout and Laura Allen). Objects after Image (Shin Egashira). Robotic Membranes: Exploring a Textile Architecture of Behaviour (Mette Ramsgard Thomsen). Mapping the Invisible Landscape: An Exercise in Spatially Choreographed Sound (Paul Bavister). Interior Eye Well-MADE New York City Apartments (Jayne Merkel). Building Profile Shoreditch Roof Apartment (David Littlefield). Practice Profile Jamie Fobert Architects: Inside Out (Howard Watson). Userscape Inhabiting the Body and the Spaces of Interaction (Valentina Croci). Unit Factor Can Architectural Design Be Research? Fabricating Complexity (Michael Weinstock). Spiller's Bits Radical Experimentation As Research: AVATAR (Neil Spiller). Yeang's Eco-Files Anthropoidal Energy Production: Generating and Harvesting Electricity From Human Power (Ken Yeang). McLean's Nuggets (Will McLean).