Computational Making is a half-day workshop at DCC’14, the Sixth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition. The workshop will take place on June 21, 2014, 9.00AM-12.30PM at the University College London, London, UK.

The goal of this workshop is to articulate and circumscribe an emerging area of research we call Computational Making. Making is construed broadly here – it’s not about digital fabrication. We are interested in how our active bodies and senses participate in the making of spaces and the things in them, and the potential roles of computation in making activities. Our focus is not on spaces and things in themselves, but on the processes and practices of their formation – on what the anthropologist Tim Ingold describes eloquently as “the fields of force and currents of material wherein forms are generated.”[1]

Making as defined here may include the making of things – from drawing a design on paper, to producing an image on a computer screen, to weaving a basket, to 3D printing a model, to constructing a building. It may also include the making of spaces through movement, perception, and dwelling. The emphasis in any case is on our bodily, sensuous engagements in making activities, entangled within dynamic social, cultural, and physical environments. We aim in this workshop to bring together diverse perspectives on making from a range of disciplines to envision new directions and possibilities for computation in making – whether in architecture, design, or the arts [More...]

Topics of interest as they pertain to making include, but are not limited to:

  • Action and Perception
  • AI Models of Perception
  • Situated/Constructionist Learning
  • Craft
  • Creativity and Improvisation
  • Critical Making
  • Digital Fabrication and Robotics
  • Distributed/Embodied/Enacted/Extended/ Mediated/Situated Cognition
  • Maker movement/DIY practices
  • Multimodal Interfaces
  • Science and Technology in the Making
  • Shape Grammars and Shape Computation
  • Space Perception (Direct/Indirect)
  • Tacit Knowledge and Skilled Practice

For submission and registration details please visit the information for authors page.


[1] Ingold, T. (2011) Being Alive, London & NY: Routledge, p. 211.