The research events examine the relationship between the encoded and the crafted. The events are organised in respect to three core trajectories examined through the focus on process, technique and theory. The three trajectories:
Trajectory I: the ideal of the optimal, Trajectory II: the ideal of the tectonic and Trajectory III: the ideal of the formal present three optics by which digital practice in architecture is understood. By building a critical understanding of these our aim to build a platform from which the relationships, the connections and conflicts, between the particular optics can be understood and discussed.
The three trajectories are established in the Network’s 5 workshop-seminar events. Here 3 of the 5 events relate to the Trajectory II: the ideal of the tectonic giving the partners an opportunity to explore digital fabrication in respect to the multiple crafts traditions that are embedded into the partnership. These engage directly with the differing tectonic systems of the joint, the mould and the bracing.
The relationships are discussed and framed in the Network’s 2 symposia inviting international researchers and practitioners to a broader field of research findings.
The key aim for the network is to consolidate the existing research within the area of Digital Crafting and allow for research exchanges and the forming of a solid collaborative environment. The network focuses on process, technique and theory. It combines experimental hands on approaches to relevant techniques and technologies with broader theoretical and historical framings as well as presentations of international state of the arts research inside the field of digital crafting. …
The aim is to allow the emergence of a general 3 phases:
Phase 1: Generate shared understanding of key research questions, techniques and technologies between network partners. Consolidate shared language and terminology.
Phase 2: Develop and expand the theoretical and practical knowledge and know-how of the network focusing on the relation between tectonic organisation, material properties and digital and analogue techniques. Develop common research inquiries.
Phase 3: Identify and develop shared research interests across the network. Consolidate the network, develop shared research inquiries to continue beyond the time frame of the ‘Digital Crafting’-network.
The symposia are open events directed at the network participants and invite the involved environments’ researchers and research students as well as other interested parties.
The seminar/workshops are closed events open only by invitation.
The network activities are structured around core 5 workshop/seminar events and two symposia.
The workshop/seminars are aimed strictly at the network focusing on specific theoretical, technical and practical research questions and potentials defined by the network. The workshop/seminars are sites for gaining as well as critically reflecting on experience and know-how in the field of Digital Crafting.
This build up is consolidated in two open symposia inviting international researchers representing state of the art research and findings to further frame and perspectivise the themes of the workshop/seminars and is aimed at the network but will open to a wider group of researchers, architects and students.