Craftsmanship in the Digital Age
Architecture and Digital Fabrication in the Human Context
An Enquiry Programme on the potential of digital technologies to trigger innovative responses in the design and making of architecture
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS
Current technical developments worldwide related to producing basic commodities and items of daily use, lead to new policies for an increased use of prefabrication in architecture, industrial and urban design. Implementing these policies brings numerous consequences regarding production, design and use. Thus, digital tools will increasingly enable industries to produce on a mass scale and yet be versatile, flexible and able to create customised components. The programme will examine, how against this background, interdisciplinary design and fabrication processes can hold a key for a new type of digital craftsmanship to trigger innovations for a sustainable, humanistic design.
We ask:What can new technological developments in the digital age do for us humans? What possibilities are embedded in these new technologies in regard to a healthy, sustainable environment to live in? Can a new digital craftsmanship even contribute to a just future education? And more specific: Who will be the stakeholders to deliver prefabrication based on new design processes? Will this be accomplished by the traditional industry/ building sector or a new disruptive industry or business model?
EVENTS SO FAR
International Symposium in Shanghai. Designed for Humans: From Alvaro Siza’s Modernism into the Digital Future
8 September 2019
Exhibition Talk. Shape of the Future - Urbanism and Architecture in the Age of Industry 4.0
29 June 2018
Lab Talk Series. Craftsmanship in the Digital Age with the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, NOWlab and Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau (BBSR)