Prototyping for Architects


An inspirational overview of the increasingly popular practice of uniting digital design and fabrication technologies with hands-on building techniques

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Mark Burry, Jane Burry


Prototyping is an essential part of the designer’s repertoire. Designers prototype their projects to test them, structurally, aesthetically, technically. Whether the prototype works or not is not the point: prototyping is the revelatory process through which the designer gains insight.

There are three reasons why contemporary prototyping techniques are transforming the way architects design and build: 1) at a miniature scale, prototyping aids the architect in the presentation to clients of complex spatial ideas; 2) prototyping empowers the architect-designer to test and prove a building’s feasibility, leading to more open-minded construction solutions; 3) whether additive (3D printing) or subtractive (robotic milling), prototyping can lead to unexpected and exciting new possibilities within design as a whole, across design disciplines, thus blurring the boundaries between them in highly creative ways.

The book has four sections: an introduction that charts the rise of prototyping in design history, more specifically in architecture; an overview of techniques; a survey section featuring 30 projects, each presented through texts drawn from first-hand interviews, on-site photographs and drawings; and a reference section, which includes a glossary of technical terms.

Additional information

Weight 1019 g
Dimensions 21.7 x 23.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2017
Number of pages 272
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 21.7 x 23.4 cm
Weight 1019 g


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Mark Burry is a professor and director at RMIT's Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia.

Jane Burry is a research fellow at RMIT's Spatial Information Information Architecture Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia.