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Designing with Uncertainty - Objectile vibrancy in the TOROO bamboo pavilion

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This paper challenges digital preoccupations with precision and control and questions the status of tolerance, allowance and error in post-digital, human-centred architectural production. It uses the participatory action research design-and-build project TOROO, a light-weight bending-active bamboo shell structure, built in Hsinchu, Taiwan, in June 2019, as a demonstrator project to discuss how protean digital design diagrams, named ‘vibrant objectiles,’ are capable of productively absorbing serendipity throughout project crystallisation processes, increasing designer agency in challenging construction contexts with high degrees of unpredictability. The demonstrator project is then used to discuss future research directions that were exposed by the project. Finally, the applicability of working with ‘vibrant objectiles’ is discussed beyond its local project use. Common characteristics and requirements are extracted, highlighting project setup preconditions for which the scope covered by the architect needs to be both broadened and relaxed to allow for feedback from design implementation phases.
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      
   
     
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       
         
       
       
       
           
        
     
      
       
          
         
         
      
          
           
 
     
 
    
          
         
         
         
          
         
            
           
         
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          
            
            
               
          
     
              
           
         
          
        
            
        
      
           
          
             
         
       
  
          
        
        
           
           
            
           
         
           
   
             
          
          
          
          
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   
    
        
          
               
         
           
         
          
         
      
         
           
          
          
          
            
           
         
          
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  
          
           
           
           
           
        
        
  
      
            
           
          
         
        
         
     
          
           
         
           
         
        
           
            
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         
         
           
            
        
  
  
              
           
          
           
        
         
           
          
           
             
         
             
        
        
  
  
            
       
           
            
         
        
         
          
         
           
           
   
    
            
            
          
          
          
         
           
           
               
              
     
       
   
            
           
            
             
            
              
            
             
           
              
           
         
        
           
       
     
    
             
              
           
           
            
             
              
      
     
           
           
             
            
        
          
           
             
          
           
         
   
            
     
 
            
          
           
         
            
          
            
            
           
          
          
            
        
         
     
            
         
       
            
          
          
            
            
           
            
              
            
            
             
          
          
           
        
         
           
       
          
          
           
           
             
          
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         
           
          
           
       
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   
   
     
 
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        
             
     
         
         
           
         
           
           
          
           
         
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             
          
        
         
          
         
         
        
          
          
            
    
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            
 
             
         
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            
      
          
   
             
  
             
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             
       
           
            
    
            
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              
        
       
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