A Framework for Developing Design Systems Towards Mass Customization of Housing

By Avi Friedman, Aaron Sprecher and Basem Eid Mohamed.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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The notion of implementing computer-based design systems towards the mass customization of housing has gained remarkable interest during the last few decades as an outcome of emerging computation techniques in architecture. Various systems have been proposed with the aim of efficiently managing complexities associated with the process of engaging future homebuyers in the design of their homes. This paper presents an attempt to outline a generic, systemic approach for developing design systems for the mass customization of housing. The proposed framework is derived from a comprehensive analysis of preceding efforts and decisive study of relevant generative design systems.

Keywords: Mass Customization, Design Systems, Computational Architecture, Manufacturing Strategies, Human/Machine Interaction

The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.57-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.116MB).

Avi Friedman

Professor, Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Avi Friedman began his architectural studies at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy, received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in 1980 (first in class/cum laude) and his Master of Architecture from McGill University in Montréal. Between 1982 and 1984, Dr. Friedman worked as head of design for a homebuilding firm in Montréal. He received his Doctorate in 1987 from the Université de Montréal. In 1988 he co-founded the Affordable Homes Program at the McGill School of Architecture, where he is a Professor. Dr. Friedman’s research interests focus on factors which influence the design and implementation of affordable and sustainable building practices at the unit and community levels, including market acceptance, construction, and resource efficiency. He is the recipient of several research awards [.pdf], including the Progressive Architecture Research Award, the J.-Armand-Bombardier Prize for Technological Innovation, and the Manning Innovation Award of Distinction.

Prof. Aaron Sprecher

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Aaron Sprecher is Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering, McGill University since 2008. In parallel, he is co-founder and partner of Open Source Architecture, an international collaborative research group that brings together leading international researchers in the fields of design, engineering, media research, history and theory. He completed his graduate studies at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (Israel) and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). His research and design work focuses on the synergy between information technologies, computational languages and automated digital systems, examining the way in which technology informs and generates innovative approaches to design processes. Beside numerous publications and exhibitions, he has lectured in many institutions including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Cooper Union, and Harvard University. Aaron Sprecher is co-curator and co-editor of the exhibition and publication “The Gen(H)ome Project” (MAK Center, Los Angeles, 2006) and design curator of “Performalism” (Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2008). He is a recipient of research grants, most recently, awarded with the prestigious Canada Foundation for Innovation award and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants.

Dr. Basem Eid Mohamed

PhD Candidate, School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Basem is an architect and researcher, with a great interest in the application of digital media within the realm of architecutre. Basem is working on developing a methodology for the design systems for mass customization of housing.