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Design as Scholarship
Scaling for Non-Expert Production
Jacob Mans
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This project addresses scales of production by repositioning the architect as a non-expert. The Littleton Trials consists of a series of solid wood huts designed, fabricated, assembled, and monitored 26 miles northwest of Boston in Littleton, Massachusetts. The huts are an alibi to evaluate not just the thermal performance of different solid wood construction logistics, or the forestry that presupposes them, but to design production anew through trans-scalar and non-expert forms of feedback. The buildings are only small spatially. This project makes the claim that a building can no longer be the sole scale of response to the question of building. The insights made from this project reflect a close collaboration between the members of the Decentralized Design Lab and our advisor, Kiel Moe. Read the full article at Taylor & Francis.