(Digital) Craft

(Digital) Craft: Investigating The Changing Nature of Craft

Fall 2005, Graduate Studio, Master of Architecture in Design Technologies

Instructor:  Luis Boza, Associate Professor in Architecture

Project Team:  Dalal A. Al-Bannay, Luis F. Bermudez, Christina L. Cole, John W. Darrow, Mauricio E. Del Pozo, Sean C. Dorsy, Lawrence D. Gardner, Ariel N. Goldstein, James J. Haggerty, Joseph A. Kraus, Ruthan Lewis, Walter A. Peto III, Rahmiel W. Rechtschaffen, Michael R. Summers, Jennifer D. Wallen, Christine L. Williams

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While some argue that digital design and fabrication is a dissociation between the hand and the making of things, this installation considered the opposite. Can digital design and fabrication act as re-connect between the hand and making? This key question was considered through the design and fabrication of a permanent installation in the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America. The installation was programmed to contain space for various student groups, a student lounge and a viewing balcony open to the exhibition space below.

In the same way the craftsmen of the past considered how the potentials of the chisel could change his/her understanding of wood, designers today must consider the potentials of Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machineries and the unique opportunities they can provide us in establishing a renewed understandings of materials and forms. As computer aided design evolves from a representational tool into a tool for making, a number of factors must be reconsidered. Ultimately, both process and precision need careful reconsiderations as critical steps in the virtual and physical construction of drawings, models, and full-scale assemblies.