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From Free-Shaped Homes to Reef-Like Urban Expansions

By: Laura McQuarrie - Published: Nov 6, 2013
These examples of non-standard architecture show the emergence of complex organic forms that would be extremely labor-intensive to design and construct without the aid of technology.

Boxy, geometric buildings can be constructed simply and quickly, but the use of only 90 degree angles can be quite bland and uninteresting. Fortunately, the use of CNC machines, BIM technology and 3D printed architecture makes it easier to manipulate glass, wood and other materials into unusual organic forms. These technologies allow architects, engineers and designers to emulate nature all the more closely and make stunning marvels that are unreal to see.

Although it is costly to invest in some of these methods, these technologies are able to construct completely unique structures by pre-fabricating individual pieces, which speeds up the assembly process significantly.