The Aesthetics of Automation: Examining the Appearance of 3D Printed Affordable Housing


ICON 3D Printed Welcome Center Community First Village -Austin TX- Sept2019.. Image © Regan Morton Photography

ICON 3D Printed Welcome Center Community First Village -Austin TX- Sept2019.. Image © Regan Morton Photography

The viability of 3D Printing in architecture – has, at the very least – seen a seismic shift over the past few years. Usually relegated to prototypes or conceptual models, 3D Printed building designs are increasingly being actualised as physical projects. In 2013, WinSun, a Chinese company – was able to print 10 houses in a 24-hour period, becoming one of the first companies to achieve this feat using 3D Printing technology. More recently, in 2018, a family in France became the first in the world to live in a 3D Printed house. The city of Dubai is also seeking to have a quarter of its buildings be 3D Printed by 2025. These examples display the upwards category of this technology, and how it is very likely, as the years go by, this automation of building fabrication is even more integrated into the construction process than it is right now.

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The Aesthetics of Automation: Examining the Appearance of 3D Printed Affordable Housing


ICON 3D Printed Welcome Center Community First Village -Austin TX- Sept2019.. Image © Regan Morton Photography

ICON 3D Printed Welcome Center Community First Village -Austin TX- Sept2019.. Image © Regan Morton Photography

The viability of 3D Printing in architecture – has, at the very least – seen a seismic shift over the past few years. Usually relegated to prototypes or conceptual models, 3D Printed building designs are increasingly being actualised as physical projects. In 2013, WinSun, a Chinese company – was able to print 10 houses in a 24-hour period, becoming one of the first companies to achieve this feat using 3D Printing technology. More recently, in 2018, a family in France became the first in the world to live in a 3D Printed house. The city of Dubai is also seeking to have a quarter of its buildings be 3D Printed by 2025. These examples display the upwards category of this technology, and how it is very likely, as the years go by, this automation of building fabrication is even more integrated into the construction process than it is right now.

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