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Issue 4.1

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The process of translation in architecture requires expertise in the language and content of design, such as using simulation to inform a design decision or using a drawing to communicate with a fabricator. Inevitably, though, the process involves the loss or gain of intent or performance as information is interpreted from one medium to the next. In translation, information may be introduced or edited by the interpreter, thereby shifting control over outcomes. As a result, translational processes are sometimes the source of contention in the industry. But this friction can be productive: more can be gained when experts are willing to share information and collaborate on outcomes or when the processes of translation are actively addressed.

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