Studies of the Embodied Cognition in Design Activity

Past Work 2007 - 2011

Mass Customization in Architectural Design


Architectural Design 2.0 is a vision for rethinking design production to empower consumers and users of architecture.  This can be done with online tools that will enable them to design and produce their own mass customized architectural structures. Such a change will be achieved by integrating digital fabrication technologies with the massive shift in Internet usage behavior commonly known as Web 2.0. This thesis begins with an historical framework of user-generated design and production in architecture and follows with an introduction to a digital-to-physical translation procedure that harnesses digital fabrication with an online open-source design platform. Finally, this thesis provides evidence of a working model for Architectural Design 2.0 by delivering a set of user-generated, full-scale prototypes.