The illusive and uncertain world of translating ideas into matter is a negotiation between the ideal and the real and a central preoccupation of architectural production. By invading the toolbox of digital fabrication, design has transgressed into protocols of manufacturing previously the domain of other disciplines and skills sets. Craft, assembly and installation, once the realm of trades, are qualities that are now dependent upon design information and its status as an instruction to make. The ensuing loop between the physical and tactile, the imaginary and speculative, has defined a new expectation in making architecture as a construct that is part real, part ideal.
With contributions from Lebbeus Woods, Evan Douglis, Theo Jansen, Shin Egashira and many more, Protoarchitecture presents an explicitly diverse collection of works from leading and emerging practitioners, educators, researchers and visionaries from all corners of this innovative field.
About the author
Bob Sheil is an architect and a senior lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He has worked as a designer and maker in architecture, furniture, exhibition and web design. Following 10 years in practice, his teaching career began in the Bartlett workshop in 1995 where his key interest in, and curiosity about, the relationship between architecture and making evolved from practice to research. He is a founder member of the workshop-based practice sixteen*(makers) with Nick Callicott, Phil Ayres and Chris Leung. Since 2004 he has been programme director of the Bartlett’s Graduate Diploma in Architecture, and in 2005 he guest-edited AD Design through Making.
Bob Sheil是一名建筑师，也是伦敦大学学院Bartlett建筑学院的高级讲师。他曾在建筑、家具、展览和网页设计领域担任设计师和制作人。经过10年的实践，他的教学生涯始于1995年的巴特利特工作室，在那里，他的主要兴趣和好奇心，建筑和制造之间的关系，从实践演变成研究。他是与Nick Callicott, Phil Ayres和Chris Leung一起创立的十六(创客)工作室的创始成员。自2004年起，他担任Bartlett建筑学研究生文凭课程的项目主任，并于2005年担任《制作》杂志的广告设计客座编辑。