Residential housing in the United States has become in many respects, both outdated and approaching irrelevance. Beyond issues of urbanism and affordability, American homes remain tied to a rigid dogma that hinders progressive technologies and innovative construction methodologies that could revolutionize the way that we perceive of modern living. The interminable practices associated with residential construction necessitate the application of parametric tools to link the virtual environment to the more material one. More specifically, by linking parametric processes with the realities of prefabrication technologies, it becomes necessary to examine the many facets of intelligently conceived of and produced concepts that respond logically to the environments in which they are connected.
Instead of examining the known aspects of parametrics (BIM- modeling and construction documentation) there is an opportunity to rigorously study the variables, like how parametric software tools can inform the design process in a much more sophisticated and refined manner through material technologies and responsive conditioning. By integrating the many rigors of prefabricated housing with the substantial veracities of parametric design, it will become more apparent how to bridge the difficulties associated with breaking the ingrained stereotypes of residential architecture and design. Our research will focus on creating a prefabricated-residential prototype utilizing digital production techniques associated with parametric design. More specifically, we will use the ‘dogtrot’ housing typology to concentrate our energies on making a categorical paradigm in accord with modern dwelling.
Excerpt from Research Project currently in progress in Advanced Digital Methods & Fabrication seminar course outlining the parametric controlled design and construction of a dog-trot housing prototype.