Empowering academia through modern fabrication practices

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Abstract

We posit that modern fabrication and rapid prototyping practices can empower non-technical academic environments. For this to resonate with academic learning and research environments in a university context we must view FabLabs not only as machine parks but as creative environments, producing knowledge contributions in the form of processes, designs, artifacts and products. We must embrace thinking through the material, and embrace physical products as valid, accessible and assessable on an equal footing with traditional textual media. We describe two cases: workshops focused on exploration through the physical and digital media itself, without a traditional textual component.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date16 Jun 2014
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2014
EventFablearn Europe: Digital Fabrication in Education Conference - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 16 Jun 201416 Jun 2014
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Conference

ConferenceFablearn Europe
LocationAarhus University
CountryDenmark
CityAarhus
Period16/06/201416/06/2014
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Keywords

  • Fablab
  • rapid prototyping
  • teaching
  • education
  • material as media
  • experimental approach
  • research through design

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Padfield, N., Haldrup, M., & Hobye, M. (2014). Empowering academia through modern fabrication practices. Paper presented at Fablearn Europe, Aarhus, Denmark.