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We recommended that they be cut out, since otherwise each tab would have to be individually sanded off once the piece was removed from the sheet. However, the contractor was concerned that the pieces would get mixed up, and a lot of time would be wasted sorting them out. So in the end, we reconﬁgured the ﬁles with tabs. Unfortunately, the representative of the union with whom we were communicating was not the actual person doing the work on site. After pieces started to arrive, the workers on the shop ﬂoor found themselves exerting extra energy dealing with the tabs.
Also, feedback loops can multiply inﬁnitely, thus enabling continuous reﬁnement of a project based on deeper levels of information revealed in subsequent iterations. It is up to the collaborative design group – and ultimately human decision – to determine which parameters are admitted into the process. Critical reﬂection about appropriate strategies, however, must be articulated at the outset. e. 17 Assembly factors such as labeling, bar coding, and transportation size limitations are also important; they too reveal information that can affect the ﬁnal design.
The Porter House: new zinc façade against existing brick façade. 13), and leveraged our knowledge of digital fabrication techniques to achieve high design on a minimal budget. Working with a trusted waterprooﬁng contractor as advisor on The Porter House project, we designed an easy-to-install zinc rainscreen cladding system, even though initial conversations with zinc panel manufacturers showed the systems were unaffordable, with little chance of creating efﬁciencies, since the fabrication and installation details of those proprietary systems were ﬁxed.