Here’s the abstract and a slide show of the lecture I gave at the MIT architecture department’s Computation Lecture Series on December 9th 2011. This lecture had material from my SMArchS thesis and subsequent related work that I have been involved in at Kamath Design Studio in New Delhi. I know this is long overdue… Sorry!
CRAFT AND THE COMPUTER : THEORY AND PRACTICE
Historically, craft and industrial production have been incompatible because craft produces variation while industry requires standardization. Contemporary digital design and fabrication opens up the possibility of dealing with variation in an industrial context, thus eliciting parallels with craft. In the context of the large-scale industrialization of Western economies the comparisons between craft and digital design and fabrication are largely rhetorical. In developing economies such as India, however, industrial and non-industrial modes of production occur side-by-side and are often competing for the same resources.
This talk will attempt to illustrate, through examples, different kinds of design and production systems that combine craft with digital design and fabrication, and their contextual implications for architectural design.