The lecture about digital design being the main tool of how new materials are presented. I agree. Many new materials cannot be thought of in conventional ways, as far as designing goes. Take for instance, a moldable plastic. There are many forms that are outside the box. These materials are just dying to be developed in a program such as Rhino, instead of the flat diagrams of AutoCAD. And with the new materials comes the different ways of fabricating such cool forms. The programs that design these new modern forms, and the machines that fabricate these programs are in a new era of design. And this design requires digital programs and knowledge of these programs.
This is where my argument lies. Currently, there is a large gap in knowledge. And that gap in knowledge, is the deep understanding of these newer programs that develop designs differently and with more innovation. I know everyone here in this class, and many students here at the University of Minnesota College of Design know what I am talking about. It is the fact that we are being told by professionals that knowledge of these programs is required in today’s design world, and the U is not doing anything about this. Currently, the only computer based design class being taught on a regular basis is 3DS Max and AutoCAD, and AutoCAD doesn’t even count as an elective credit, even though multiple architects have said that this is #1 in your repertoire.
If we are to lean to use these new material and new ways of fabricating them, we need to be educated on the programs that run them. Without this knowledge, how can we implement new material use if we can’t use the programs made to run them. So what I propose is that in educational institutions, we must be taught the design portion of thinking, but we must also be taught how to make our design a reality.