Published in Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture West Central Conference Proceedings: Champaign, IL, January 1, 2008.
Digital tools have had an undeniable influence on design intent, for better and worse. While the now common use of digital fabrication tools has reintroduced material processes with digital processes, they have also extended the seduction of formal novelty enabled by digital tools.This critical evaluation of three installation based studios considers how these tools can impact a wider environmental knowing. Rather than seeing the studio as a room of individuals, emphasized through the one-on-one deskcrit, these studio installations suggest a kind of collective-intelligence: progress by way of differentiation, integration, competition and collaboration. This challenges the notion of authorship of the singular hand, even if extended through digital prosthetics, suggesting a more collective, discursive, and experimental ‘think-tank’ bound through the installation and enabled by the precision and scalar shifts of digital fabrication tools. In testing design as full-size installations, judgment shifts from the designer’s ‘intent’ to the authenticity of experience.
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