Workmanship of risk: continuous designing in digital fabrication

Loh, P, Burry, J and Wagenfeld, M 2016, 'Workmanship of risk: continuous designing in digital fabrication', in Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 30 March - 1 April 2016, pp. 651-660.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Workmanship of risk: continuous designing in digital fabrication
Author(s) Loh, P
Burry, J
Wagenfeld, M
Year 2016
Conference name CAADRIA 2016: Living Systems and Micro-Utopias: Towards Continuous Designing
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 30 March - 1 April 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2016)
Publisher Associaion for Compuer-Aided Archiecural Design Research in Asia
Place of publication Hong Kong, China
Start page 651
End page 660
Total pages 10
Abstract Research projects exploring the realm of digital fabrication have shifted in recent years from developing novel techniques and outcomes to the development of tools that are part of the design pro- cess. The alignment of material systems with digital fabrication technology and tooling processes have led to new terminology such as 'digital craft' and 'digital making'; both terms imply a relationship be- tween craft and digital design and fabrication. Also implied is an intimate relationship between material production, digital tools and CNC fabrication techniques; critical ingredients in contemporary design processes. David Pye's concept of 'the workmanship of risk' is used extensively in current discourse as a means to qualify digital fabrication as craft production. This reading of digital fabrication as craft is limited because the word craft is used as an analogy to draw parallels between craft production and digital fabrication. There is a gap in the knowledge of what contemporary craft practice can bring to digital fabrication as a discourse or more precisely, the mechanism that al- lows digital fabrication projects to be read as a form of craft practice. This paper suggests that craft practice is rooted in the relationship be- tween material, tools and technique as an intricate workflow within a project; quantifying risk is just a means to assess this relationship. The workflow however can be considered as autopoietic in nature; it is both self-referential and self-making at the same time as continuously designing.
Subjects Architectural Design
Keyword(s) Digital craft
digital fabrication
systems theory
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