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