We are Will Adams, John Greene, and Dan Raznick. This blog is a collection of work, resources, and thoughts on our Master’s Final Project – exploring advantages of parametric computation and digital fabrication in a design-build delivery system of temporary worker housing in North Dakota oilfields.

Site: North Dakota oil fields in the Bakken Formation near Williston and Tioga

Site advantages:

  • Limited accessibility requires innovative transportation strategies
  • Real problems which need architectural solutions
  • Clear relationships between the social condition and the architecture
  • Quantity of housing required demands optimized supply chains
  • Significant resources from Jobs boom result in potential budget room for design
  • Extreme weather conditions

Design-Build Advantages:

  • Execution of intent
  • Opportunity for novel assemblies
  • Quality * Scope could be > Cost *Time
  • Product design approach
  • Design of process and intent important

Potential critiques

  • This type of housing is already optimized for cost
  • How do we evaluate this?
  • Do we have the expertise to do this?
  • We are making a lot of assumptions
  • Is housing a solution?

Program Advantages

  • Multiplicity of solution lends itself to file-to-fabrication processes, i.e. mass customization
  • Temporary nature of housing lends itself to design-for-disassembly principles
  • Integrating transportation networks into the solution
  • Requires speed.

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