, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 469-482
Date: 25 Sep 2012

Digital Fabrication Laboratories: Pedagogy and Impacts on Architectural Education

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This paper discusses the role of the new digital fabrication laboratories in architectural education, as an opportunity to introduce practical exploration along with scientific content. It includes a historical review of practical instruction in architecture, a description of digital fabrication labs, and a comparison between pedagogical methods in engineering laboratories and in digital fabrication labs. The paper ends with a reflection about the impact of the introduction of this type of labs on architectural education.