< Return to keynote biogs < Back to all contributors
T. Hugh Crawford

Wood: Making History/History of Making

T. Hugh Crawford

Affiliation: Georgia Institute of Technology

Keywords: modeling, materiality, traditional

Conference activity: Presentation Thurs 10th July

Project summary:

The Story in Wood”: a story of the acquisition of traditional craft skills inflected by the production of laser-cut and 3d printed models along with larger scaled CNC practices. This project works through two areas of inquiry: (1) an exploration of pedagogy linking history and culture to material practice (both traditional and digital), and (2) research on how the history of traditional materials inflect current research and design, particularly in relation to the technologies found in fabrication labs. Its focus is on the boundary between the history of craft related to contemporary design practices through computer controlled fabrication machines. Its goal is to better understand the complex relationship between people, design, material, and machines that is often elided in digital practice.

References:

Celani, Gabriela. “Digital Fabrication Laboratories: Pedagogy and Impacts on Architectural Education.” Nexus Network Journal 14.3 (2012): 469-482.

Oxman, Rivka, and Robert Oxman. “New structuralism: design, engineering and architectural technologies.” Architectural Design 80.4 (2010): 14-23.

A question that arises from your project: How does the history of traditional materials inflect current research and design, particularly in relation to the technologies found in fabrication labs.