For a thesis topic, I am interested in architect’s theories on the construction of projects.  This has been partially founded in my dual degree enrollment, but also in my research last year about slimbouwen, a Dutch term meaning smart and slim.  This design/construction theory advocated for thin walls, panel type assemblies, and disintegrated systems, which allow for ease of modification and change.  I follow SHoP Architects regularly and am always interested to hear how the architect is taking on greater roles in the construction of buildings.  We see the architect (only recently the architecture student) take greater control over not only the design but also the fabrication and assembly of design projects.  There also exist numerous inefficiencies in the way we build, and I believe that these can be designed out of the system.  These include: a fragmented workforce, dangerous working conditions, inefficient ways of building piping, plumbing, and electrical, along with  a myriad of construction coordination difficulties.  I also became highly interested in SKANSKA, a contractor who builds large segments of buildings that become assemblied onsite, eliminating inefficiencies of routing mechanical systems on site.  My interests have also been explored in the Loblolly House by Kieran Timberlake, who propose the use of component assembly as an alternative to our “assembly line” approach to construction.
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