Message - Re: What are advantages & disadvantages of high-tech archtecture?

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Posted by  eileen on December 15, 2003 at 10:32:50:

In Reply to:  What are advantages & disadvantages of high-tech archtecture? posted by faezeh on December 12, 2003 at 20:53:48:

I would think that the advantages or disadvantages would be on constructablility. Architecture is based on and ultimately limited by construction practices, methodologies and tools. What are the typical semi skilled labor and crafts capable of, and familiar with when it comes to tolls and technology?

Change the paradigm that normal folks are familiar with and you have an educational curve to contend with in the field. New tools (which is what hi-tech is) make for problems related to cost effective integration. What is the typical building technology used in Terhan by the vast majority of crafts? Are you dealing with residential architecture or commercial? I would wonder what percentage are truly comfortable with computerized models and methods of production. In the US for SF residential architecture, the hammer is still the predominant construction technology. In commercial depending on the scale, engineering influences predominate and hi-tech is just a buzz word for manufactured components and systems (my opinion).

Bottom line is if done right, hi-tech has a huge advantage. Labor reduction strategies can elimate about 90% (US dollars in a US environment) of construction costs in the field for what was formerly only possible with hand craft. For the same reason that in an industrialized urban world, there are fewer and fewer traditional stone masons and blacksmiths.......... labor costs control what is ultimately possible. Do it right with a machine using modern manufacturing in a competitive atmosphere and you eliminate the needs for certain labor intensive trades and crafts. Concrete pours and automobiles have decimated and almost eliminated many traditional construction crafts that existed for thousands of years before the advent of "hi tech". The playing field based on gender is wiped away with "hi-tech".

Just a thought.......based on my own experiences.

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