Jan '06 - Feb '07
First quarter as a graduate student. Well this happens to be my second but let's take a look back. (This quarter's project is secret until it is submitted in two months.)
The graduate elective studio was called Detail [The Craft of the Joint: Digital Fabrication and Craftsmanship]
The joint is the beginning of ornament
And that must be distinguished from
decoration, which is simply applied.
Ornament is the adoration of the joint.
“The studio will attempt to reconcile rapid prototyping/digital fabrication, which is primarily immaterial and representative, with craft, which is physical, tactile, and sensual.”
In this attempt we began to debate David Pye's debate between the “craftsmanship of certainty” and the “craftsmanship of risk”.
Seen through handcrafted work, a certain “hand” can be seen in the final piece of work. The machine is built for perfection. Where is the machine's hand? Is there one? Can we manipulate it?
Architects like PLY Architecture & Hariri Pontarini (Both recent lecturers at the university) and others have been experimenting with these technologies in the architectural realm and have made some interesting strides.
Hariri Pontarini Architects
Further posts will show our process of experimentation, collaborative work within our studio and outside “contractors”, and the major problems we ran into.