Contour Crafting is a layered fabrication technology which aims to build houses efficiently. This episode features an interview with the process creator Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California. Berokh steps off the edge with me to discuss the state of construction technology today versus the mechanized world of manufacturing, the advantages and prospects for it as well as the environmental and cost challenges with traditional build techniques. There’s also lots of great music this month including some from the Strike The Root remix project with Lawrence Lessig and the CCMixter.org community.
- Zeitgeist: Moving Forward – The great documentary where I first heard Berokh discuss Contour Crafting
- The state of construction technology today vs manufacturing technology?
- Impacts to custom home design and the antithesis to Henry Fords’, “You can have any colour of car you like, as long as it is black”
- Earthships and other design best practices to be considered when building a new home.
- Cement – An environmentalists worst nightmare?
- The potential to use alternate build materials with contour crafting
- Potential business models and comparisons to the construction industry standards
- Where is this technology on the path to production?
- The last typewriter factory shuts down – perceived vs actual obsolescence
- NASA and moon housing built via contour crafting?
- Open Source Blueprints for Civilization and Open Source Ecology
- Hopper from Music From Mars by Zoë Blade
- Like Music by Admiral Bob from the Strike The Root Remix Project
- We Are Free by Zep Hurme from the Strike The Root Remix Project
- Mission by Beats Antique
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