Wed, 2 Oct
3pm - 5.30pm
The URA Centre,
45 Maxwell Rd,
SP x Produce
Dr Faris Hajamaideen,
Dr Choo Thian Siong,
Faizan Shah &
What is digital craft in an era where digital fabrication threatens to take over the hands of the craftsman and his analogue tools? If we define a craftsman as a person that skilfully uses the tools of his trade to produce craft, digital craft is then the skilful and sensitive use of digital tools in the process of making. How does digital craft affect the traditional way in which we create humanistic and experiential places? This series of lectures present the idea of digital craft and posit ways in which analogue and digital tools can complement each other in the crafting of our habitable spaces.
#1: “The carpenter is but an instrument in the hands of the architect” - Dr Faris Hajamaideen
Dr Faris Hajamaideen is the Director of the School of Architecture and Built Environment in Singapore Polytechnic. He will present selected ideas and examples from pre-modern sources describing architecture’s relationship with craft. The discussion seeks to recover hints from the historical, perspectives to re-view contemporary digital fabrication.
#2: The Corporeal Machine - Dr Choo Thian Siong
This short lecture proposes a way forward for digital architecture through The Corporeal Machine, which embodies corporeality in the otherwise coldly alienating form of the digital. This design approach was explored in a computational design module which Dr Choo and Dr Faris co-tutored together. Selected works from the module will be presented as case studies on the Corporeal Machine.
#3: Generative Design Studio - Faizan Shah
Faizan Shah is a lecturer leading the Generative Design Studio in Singapore Polytechnic’s Interior Design School. He presents emergent works resultant from his studio, Phaenomena to Ars Memoriae, which explores cutting-edge generative design methodologies and approaches.
#4: Future of Digital Craft: Parametric Phenomenology - Pan Yicheng
Pan Yicheng is an architect and founder of Produce Workshop Pte Ltd, Superstructure SG and Type0 Architecture. These companies specialise in different fields: Interior Design, Digital Fabrication and Architecture respectively, working synergistically to augment the built environment. He will expound on his phenomenological body of work, which experiments with materials using contemporary computational design techniques.
Moderator: Asst Prof Michael Budig
Michael Budig is Assistant Professor in Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He has previously worked in the Singapore ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) from 2011 to 2014, leading a Singapore based research team for Gramazio & Kohler’s professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication (ETH Zurich). Prior to the activities at FCL Michael Budig was teaching and researching at Studio Hadid, University of Applied Arts Vienna, and the Institute for Experimental Architecture.Hochbau, University of Innsbruck. He is a registered architect (EU-wide, Austrian Chamber of Architects) and was principal at Moll Budig Architecture.