Design intercalated: The AtFAB project

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This paper describes tools, concepts and workflow used to develop AtFAB, a digitally fabricated, customizable furniture system, and apprehensible model for employing simplicity, interconnectivity and adaptability in architecture. The investigation deploys parametric modelling, interaction design, and digital fabrication to develop a multi-agent system that recasts the roles of designers, users and fabricators and re-imagines the architect's role of balancing user needs alongside other generative agents. It proposes that innovative design thinking might replace our discipline's prevailing focus on the transactional and object-cantered capabilities of technology with an emphasis on its ability to facilitate the design of systemic and networked relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-93
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Design Sciences and Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011


  • Design thinking
  • Emergence
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Parametric design
  • Participatory design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (all)


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