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Issue 1.1

Assembling the Digital House by Hand: Lessons from Deep Engagement and Guiding the Experimental Impulse

The potential impact of digital fabrication for housing has been an intriguing topic of speculation for many years. Working prototypes and production models, however, are still few in number. Meaningful innovation in this space requires deep knowledge of conventional light-frame construction methods and available industrial fabrication technologies. Solutions must also present a compelling combination of economic, environmental, and social advantages. Designed to balance “hightech” production technologies with accessible “low-tech” material and assembly solutions, the Indigo Pine project and its associated flat-pack construction systems offer a reference point for comprehensive development, deployment, and evaluation of new digitally fabricated technologies.

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