Could graphene “jam” the BIM gear?


I think the above image can summarise my whole TS proposal. Jamming the tool with material.

A quick summary:

My project is about demonstrating the value of learning to design vs. the value of learning to put a building together and thus asking architects to use tools that enable design rather than constrain creativity. The video game is an interactive medium that can communicate the idea to a wider audience than just architects.

The scope of the TS is to kill BIM. BIM is the ultimate representational tool that makes the production of construction documentation easier, but makes architects spend less time on designing and more time on conforming to the tool’s requirement.

How do I kill BIM ? Understanding how it works, and finding its weaknesses from which I produce the “poison” with which to kill it.

(I am specifically using Revit)

Weakness 1: Elements have to be specific; Revit understands the model as a composition of “families” (as it is called), pre-defined building elements (set by the default software libraries, conventions and products that are distributed by companies).

Poison 1: How to NOT communicate to Revit or The Elementless Form; Introducing a form that can provide the properties of conventional building elements (e.g. wall – enclosure) without being broken in elements.

Weakness 2: Materials have to also be specific; Building elements need to have a specific materials and composition, in order to be used for structural calculations and cost estimation.

Poison 2: Finding the “Unobtainium”, the material that can look like the abstract forms of CAD software modelling. If there was a material that could approximate the digital material found in modelling software, then construction conventions would not be necessary.

Probable Consistency of Poison: Graphene (photo below) Graphene is so strong, that a sheet of it as thin as a clingfilm could support an elephant!




Possibilities to explore in TS:

How could structures be changed? How can graphene deal with other properties beyond structure, such as enclosure, light permeability, et al.?

How could graphene change the construction process? Is graphene cast, 3d printed or assembled in pre-fab elements?

Comparing the bias of the material vs. the bias of the tool?

Could graphene “jam” the BIM gear?

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