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Maker Space Electives are developed around a culture of making – using contemporary design and maker tools to create artefacts with material conditions, physical presence, aesthetic qualities through innovative solutions, using experimental methods, artistic processes, and technical know-how.
Maker Space Electives offer students the opportunity to explore and build expertise and confidence in the understanding and application of contemporary design tools – developing new and exciting opportunities to inform and shape your design process and your design thinking.
This Elective includes Teaching and Learning elements based on the exploration and application of the use of software and hardware components, which are used in leading design practices today and will become increasingly important tools for future practice in architecture, landscape architecture and construction.
This Elective will focus on the development of prototyping skills, utilising digital design and fabrication techniques, including laser cutters, 3d printers and CNC routers, combined with a physical computing devices to augment existing fabrication techniques. Students will design and reimagine fundamental architectural elements that ultimately define the tectonic qualities of an imaginary building. The design process can involve the development and design of bespoke machines for fabrication.
No knowledge of digital fabrication technologies, coding or computer programming is required for this elective.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Identify emerging digital trends in practice
- Develop design ideas through rapid prototyping
- Demonstrate an understanding of design tools such as grasshopper, arduino and their direct application into a final design product.
- Communicate design solutions by means of sketches, drawings and oral presentations.
- Written, verbal and visual presentation of ideas
- Time management, including designing within specific time frames
- Methods of documentation
- Critical thinking and analysis
- Ability to understand construction constraints and strategies using digital and physical modelling
Last updated: 12 May 2021