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The introduction of digital fabrication processes in concrete construction represents one of biggest prospects for renovation of our built environment. At the same time, because of the artificial and compound nature of concrete, it presents particular difficulties and opportunities for the use of these technologies, resulting in different material expressions of form and texture in concrete.
In an effort to investigate the alternative design and material possibilities in concrete emerging from the use of digital fabrication technologies, this research examines the current state of integration of digital fabrication technologies in concrete architecture to focus on two key issues: the development of sustainable and economically viable digital fabrication strategies for the production of complex geometries through robotic hotwire cutting and the creation of material variability in concrete elements.

This PhD research is funded by FCT – Foundation for the Science and Technology with reference SFRH/BD/79227/2011.

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