Digital fabrication as practice-based PhD : tangible speculation into ways of making and representing architecture

Christopher Knapp

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Over the past decade or more, the concept of ‘practice-based research’ has gained greater clarity and legitimacy as a specific subset of architectural design research, which “can be described as the processes and outcomes of inquiries and investigations in which architects use the creation of projects, built or un-built, or else broader contributions toward design thinking, as the central constituent in a process which also involves the more generalised research activities of thinking writing, test, verifying, debating, disseminating, perform, validating, etc.” (Fraser, 2015: 40). A significant model for the architectural practice-based PhD has been developed through RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), spearheaded by Professor Leon van Schaik in 1986, and facilitated through twice-yearly symposia held in Melbourne, Vietnam, and Ghent/Barcelona. Many Australian and European universities are presently undertaking this mode of delivery on the basis of the RMIT model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCase Study Strategies for Architects and Designers: Integrative Data Research Methods
EditorsM Sarvimaki
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter4.1
Pages156-160
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781315707693
ISBN (Print)9781138899667
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Knapp, C. (2018). Digital fabrication as practice-based PhD : tangible speculation into ways of making and representing architecture. In M. Sarvimaki (Ed.), Case Study Strategies for Architects and Designers: Integrative Data Research Methods (pp. 156-160). New York: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315707693