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Burnham, R and Holmstrom, K, Home and away, Across: Architectural Research through to Practice - Proceedings of the 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, 10-13 December 2014, Genoa, Italy, pp. 457-468. ISBN 978-0-9923835-1-0 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The Learning-by-Making program at the University of Tasmania, School of Architecture & Design is based on principles of experiential learning, community engagement and the importance of ‘making’ in design education. The program has integrated a ‘homegrown’ digital fabrication tool into its design/build repertoire. Many opportunities for creative engagement with educational and training institutions have emerged. The projects illustrated in the paper – including an exhibition stand, an outdoor learning space, and several iterations of a transportable micro-dwelling – have been fabricated using a bespoke Sketchup plugin called ‘Superslob’. The plugin, designed with an emphasis on accessibility, transparency and reliability, ignores the lure of algorithmic gymnastics and instead focuses on the mass-customisation potential of five simple jointing patterns applied to sheet materials. Case studies describe how, from this simple, open-ended premise, Superslob has provided a flexible and reliable tool to support vocational training and enable collaborative design with primary school students. The paper suggests how digital fabrication can support ‘making’ as a collaborative, creative and socially productive act, and reinforces the value of long-term community engagement.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:digital fabrication, education
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architecture not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Other construction
Objective Field:Other construction not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Burnham, R (Dr Richard Burnham)
UTAS Author:Holmstrom, K (Mr Kyle Holmstrom)
ID Code:99295
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2015-03-19
Last Modified:2015-12-17

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