Pedagogical Advancement I

Theme

Talk #

35

Title

Creative Technologies – A Heuristic Approach to Digital Design and Fabrication Tools in the Classroom

Mr. Adam FINGRUT, School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Abstract / Video

In Hong Kong, there is a persistent need across different disciplines to incorporate new technological processes in teaching and learning programmes, to address the increasing complexities of professional practice. In the architectural discipline, digital scanning, computational design and robotic fabrication are emerging as new teaching opportunities. However, technological tools are often regarded as final output devices, rather than as vehicles for exploration.

This presentation discusses a series of workshops conducted in the School of Architecture that demonstrate how emerging technology is integral in the cultivation of design thinking. They expose participants to a process of discovery learning. Tools are introduced to students to stimulate an iterative design and problem-solving approach, where a cycle of action, observation, reflection and reaction can occur. Exposure to these methods prepares students for their future careers in an increasingly technology-driven profession.
The workshops will introduce tools to 1) SCAN the three-dimensional properties of buildings or spaces, 2) DESIGN by responding to data with creative interventions, and 3) BUILD using classroom friendly robotic fabrication devices.

The teaching and learning processes within the programme were evaluated as part of its own ongoing development and as research into the evolution of architectural education through technology adoption.

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