Searching for Innovation Through Teaching Digital Fabrication

Timothy L. Hemsath

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5 Scopus citations

Abstract

The use of digital fabrication in the discourse and education of architectural students has become a common skill in many schools of architecture. There is a growing demand for computer-aided design (CAD) skills, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) logic, programming and fabrication knowledge in student education. The relevance of fabrication tools for architecture and design education goes beyond mere competence and can pursue innovation in what Branko Koleravic (2003) observed, “The digital age has radically reconfigured the relationship between conception and production, creating a direct digital link between what can be conceived and what can be built through “file-to-factory” processes of computer numerically controlled (CNC) fabrication”. However, there has been very little written about what students are actually learning through digital fabrication courses and the relevance of the skills required for innovation in the field of digital fabrication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFuture Cities
EditorsGerhard Schmitt, Ludger Hovestad, Luc Van Gool, Frédéric Bosché, Remo Burkhard, Suzanne Coleman, Jan Halatsch, Michael Hansmeyer, Silke Konsorski-Lang, Antje Kunze, Martina Sehmi-Luck
PublisherEducation and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Pages21-30
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780954118396
StatePublished - 2010
Event28th Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2010 - Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: Sep 15 2010Sep 18 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
ISSN (Print)2684-1843

Conference

Conference28th Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2010
Country/TerritorySwitzerland
CityZurich
Period9/15/109/18/10

Keywords

  • CAD
  • CAM
  • Curriculum
  • Pedagogy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Education
  • Architecture

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