Advancing Analog and Digital Craft
“Craft remains skilled work applied toward practical ends. It is indescribable talent with describable aims. It is habitual skilled practice with particular tools, materials or media, for the purpose of making increasingly well executed artifacts. Craft is the application of personal knowledge to the giving of form.” -Malcolm McCullough, Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand
The RISD architectural education cultivates a seamless relationship between analog and digital craft. Our pedagogy explores and exploits the complex territory between drawing a line and producing a picture of a line. The idea of a digital turn suggests a departure, an estrangement, or a leaving behind of previous tools, techniques, and knowledge. At RISD Architecture, digital techniques are engaged as a continuity, a dialogue and a carrying forward of their analog predecessors.
Qi Guo’s drawing of a sampled corner, created with a computer controlled pen-plotter