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Digital-Green Architecture: A New Design Process That Integrates Digital Technology And Sustainable Concepts


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WIT Press


J. Lee


The trend of digital freeform and the awareness of environmental issues have propelled architecture to a higher level by comprehensively merging new technologies and green concepts. These observations suggest that we need a new structure for understanding the design process that integrates digital technology and the sustainable concept. Instead of dealing with micro issues, the question is whether it should be more concerned with the comprehensive fusion of a new design processes and the overall interactions of digital technology and sustainability thinking. This could elevate the design process from a disconnected level to a more general and comprehensive level. Keywords: Digital-Green, design process, digital technology, sustainable concept. 1 Introduction With the advanced technological capacity of computing, calculation and simulation, the rationale of contemporary architecture should not be directed only towards the aesthetic and functional aspects, but more efforts should be invested in carrying out the concepts of habitability, self-sufficiency, and sustainability [1, 2]. With the improvement of technologies, architects and researchers such as Frank Gehry, Mark Burry, Larry Sass, Branko Kolarevic et al. recognized the progressive needs for new digital design process when using digital CAD/CAM technologies, Rapid Prototyping (RP) and Computer Numeric Control (CNC) as new design media [3–8]. By operating and applying new digital media in the design process in a more efficient way, one also needed to develop a new design and construction method to satiate the new needs.


Digital-Green, design process, digital technology, sustainable concept