We live in an age of over-determination: the digitization of process (3d-printing, lasercutting, and scripting, etc.) has conspired to make the 'happy accident' a thing of the past. We plan, and plan, and plan - down to the tiniest detail. But even as we migrate production responsibility over to the machine side of things, mistakes will happen.
Making the rounds on the 'nets today are the following images from Zeitguised, which illustrate computer-fabricated homes which are 'misplotted' - produced via mistakes in the manufacturing process (for example: "the cartridge was not loaded properly. The concrete was set to the wrong parameters or scale. The printer module falsely translated a data set…"). Ironically, some of these homes share the gestural quality of the usual high-design suspects, proving just how strongly our fabrication techniques influence our products.
Prototypen für Wohnhäuser images (c) Zeitguised.