From undesired flaws to esthetic assets: A digital framework enabling artistic explorations of erroneous geometric features of robotically formed molds
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2019

Until recently, digital fabrication research in architecture has aimed to eliminate manufacturing errors. However, a novel notion has just been established—intentional computational infidelity. Inspired by this notion, we set out to develop means than can transform the errors in fabrication from an undesired complication to a creative opportunity. We carried out design experiment-based investigations, which culminated in the construction of a framework enabling fundamental artistic explorations of erroneous geometric features of robotically formed molds. The framework consists of digital processes, assisting in the explorations of mold errors, and physical processes, enabling the inclusion of physical feedback in digital explorations. Other complementary elements embrace an implementation workflow, an enabling digital toolset and a visual script demonstrating how imprecise artistic explorations can be included within the computational environment. Our framework application suggests that the exploration of geometrical errors aids the emergence of unprecedented design features that would not have arisen if error elimination were the ultimate design goal. Our conclusion is that welcoming error into the design process can reinstate the role of art, craft, and material agency therein. This can guide the practice and research of architectural computing onto a new territory of esthetic and material innovation.


esthetic design exploration

robotic single-point incremental forming

material agency

artistic architectural computing

fabrication errors

digital design

digital fabrication


Malgorzata Zboinska

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Arkitekturens teori och metod


2227-7080 (ISSN)

Vol. 7 4 1-22 78

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Vetenskapsrådet (VR) (2015-01519), 2016-01-01 -- 2020-03-31.






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