Although some look at digital fabrication or 3D printing as a fad, the technology behind it "introduces an entirely new framework for how we work," Katherine Wisniewski writes. In fact, BIM has the power to democratize the building process, she contends. The use of computational design means "[b]uildings are developed using problem-solving as the driving force rather than by grouping together architectural objects," said Patrik Schumacher, partner at Zaha Hadid Architects.

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