Digital Stupefaction

Dominik Holzer, Paul Loh

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Abstract

Digital design techniques have saturated architectural discourse in the past forty-plus years from modelling to simulation and fabrication. Digital or Computational Design now forms part of the standard architectural curriculum, promising efficiency in modelling, design, advancing site analysis and ease of fabrication. Alongside these promises, we as educators begin to witness a new level of complacency governed by the use of the digital tools; we call this Digital Stupefaction. With the increasing 'smartness' of digital tools, what is the risk of shifting away from the focus of what students should/could know, and what information they embody? Is it still relevant to be able to draw on intrinsic background knowledge, or tacit knowledge in action, when everything can be analysed and verified on the fly (or even pre-selected via AI)? How can educators respond to these challenges by adjusting the way they deliver subjects associated with digital design?.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRE: Anthropocene, Design in the Age of Humans - Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2020
EditorsDominik Holzer, Walaiporn Nakapan, Anastasia Globa, Immanuel Koh
PublisherThe Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)
Pages351-360
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789887891741
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event25th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2020 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 5 Aug 20206 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameRE: Anthropocene, Design in the Age of Humans - Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2020
Volume2

Conference

Conference25th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2020
Country/TerritoryThailand
CityBangkok
Period5/08/206/08/20

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