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Robotic Arm Fabrication | Scratch, Poke, and Disturb: Material aggravation via robotic arm milling This course will be focused around the use of a robotic arm for the exploration of new means and methods in architectural design and fabrication. Notions of view, tectonics, material compositions, and graphics will be important to consider as part of an effort to better understand the relationship between structure and ornament. Students will grapple with the extent to which one may discern and distinguish between that which is applied (unnecessary), and that which is integral (necessary), in the manifestation of robotically 'aggravated' materials. Could the two become so intertwined that one may not be perceived as separate from the other? In The Life of Forms in Art Henri Focillon proposes that "Ornament shapes, straightens and stabilizes the bare arid field on which it is inscribed. Not only does it exist in and of itself, but it also shapes its own environment -- to which it imparts form." Do you agree?
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