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id caadria2016_871
authors Tombesi, P.; B. Gardiner and S. Colabella
year 2016
title Is conventional knowledge enough? Playing the devilís advocate in the adoption of digital fabrication technology
source Living Systems and Micro-Utopias: Towards Continuous Designing, Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2016) / Melbourne 30 MarchĖ2 April 2016, pp. 871-880
summary Building on the research on the industrial potential of digi- tal fabrication technologies commenced by the late University of Mel- bourne academic, Professor Bharat Dave, this paper explores actual patterns of technological adoption within communities of practice bound together in a few selected projects. Its main aim is three-fold: 1) highlight the distribution of knowledge required for the actual take- up of digital technologies; 2) look for the presence of possible gaps in such work landscapes; and 3) discuss the transformations that may oc- cur in practice as a result of the conflation of innovative technologies and established professional cultures. The research being reported in this paper examines the socio-technical environment of the projects selected and the challenges intrinsic to the introduction of innovative digital technologies. Its findings suggest that the inherent complexity of building production needs to be considered in a far more nuanced and substantive manner than generally assumed by mainstream tech- nological positivism.
keywords Innovation; digital technologies; digital fabrication
series CAADRIA
email p.tombesi@unimelb.edu.au
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