A comparative analysis of the tool-based versus material-based fabrication pedagogy in the context of digital craft

Allam S., Alaçam S.

26th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Projections, CAADRIA 2021, Hong Kong, hkg, 29 March - 01 April 2021, vol.2, pp.11-20 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • City: Hong Kong
  • Country: hkg
  • Page Numbers: pp.11-20
  • Keywords: Design pedagogy, Digital craft, Fabrication techniques, Material-Based fabrication, Tool-Based fabrication
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study presents the comparative analysis of two undergraduate courses which focus on introducing digital fabrication to design students. The duration of the compared courses are 5 weeks and 7 weeks respectively. The study employs action research methodology, while the theoretical lectures, weekly exercises, materials, fabrication tools and techniques, and students' outcomes were used as data sources. Particularly the material-based pedagogy and tool-based pedagogy of the compared courses are evaluated in relation with the tools, materials and techniques. The outcomes of the study is expected to provide insights for instructors and design students in the context of digital craft.