Little Maps

Last UpdateNOVEMBER 2020

4. Search and Plan: To Forebuild

How close can we go? To build before building.

To forebuild. To build before building. 

-We mentally build the project before actually building it. We think about all at once. All decisions imply changes in different levels. We organize the construction process before, during and after it, establishing clear steps. We foresee and think of everything to save the client, the dweller and the builder time, effort, money, material and energy. It is about making them spend less money and making things easier than if we were not involved in the process.

-This process includes the way this organism can be dismantled and how it can be reused. How can it be lighter. Where does it come from and where it is going. What it was a hundred years ago and what will it become in a thousand years time.

-One can design, and one can design to build. It is then when we forebuild. Never design any solution that you cannot remember without any layout. Never design anything that you can’t tell its materialisation steps by heart.

-BIM software and calculation are very useful tools that will help us build before building. We can develop these tools to the extreme, and yet collaborate with skilled hands and master crafts, helping them make their body movements even smoother and less tiring. Because when we forebuild we concentrate on pieces, elements, components, pipes, precise sizes, tolerances, as well as on body movements, how these pieces can be handled, lifted, installed, in such a way that the people responsible of this don’t feel physically destroyed and mentally dull when they get home from work, and they still have some energy and hope left to play with their kids. We also forebuild with the heart.



KEN ISAACS, 'How to build your own living structures'. 1974.

How will the building survive earthquakes, fires and hurricanes?

Check, check and check. Then check again.

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Easy does it. How will it be built?