makeLab blog gets $1,200 boost
Friday, March 16th, 2012
Assistant Professor James Stevens has received a $1,200 grant from the Architecture Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) Incentive Fund to disseminate knowledge of digital fabrication processes to the architecture community through Lawrence Tech’s makeLab blog.
Stevens is director of the makeLab, which was established in the College of Architecture and Design in 2010 to give students and faculty access to digital fabrication.
According to Stevens, architecture publications either focus on theoretical aspects of digital fabrications or vocational techniques, and there is an absence of how-to publications available at the collegiate level.
“If the typical architecture student wants to profile cut or slip cast for a project, there is no definitive source for how to start such an endeavor,” Stevens said. “They have to conduct their own research along with trial-and-error methods to become acquainted with the digital fabrication equipment and processes.”
Stevens edits an active makeLab blog, and the grant will make it possible to expand the blog to include sections on such processes. These sections will focus on easily replicable digital fabrication processes for reference material. The information included will be a balance between design theory and vocational information presented at the collegiate level.
The new how-to sections in the makeLab blog will disseminate the knowledge Lawrence Tech students have gained to other universities and schools in the country.
For more information on makeLab, visit the blog at www.makelab.wordpress.com.
ARCC is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of architecture and design research. In 2005 it established the Incentive Fund to support research dissemination efforts.