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Error and Precision, Digital Original Edition

A BIT of The Architecture of Error


When architects draw even brick walls to six decimal places with software designed to cut lenses, it is clear that the logic that once organized relations between precision and material error in construction has unraveled. In this BIT, Francesca Hughes examines the roots of architecture’s fetishization of precision and fear of error.

About the Author

Francesca Hughes lives and works in London, where she taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Architectural Association for many years. She is the editor of The Architect: Reconstructing Her Practice (MIT Press) and Drawings That Count.