Design Making

The Values Had, The Object Made, The Value Had — Practice · Making · Praxis






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This issue of Cubic Journal concerns making, and the value-structures connected to the premise, before and after execution. Fifteen authors and constituent research teams present their work in manifested design research here. In this work, physical, semi-physical, and transitionally physical embodiments of objects, spaces, and prototypical design conjectures are part and parcel of the researchers’ progress. Embodiment neither preempts, nor follows their work, but is essentially the substance of research itself within these manuscripts. The editors collected this work as status-taking for a broad range of creative and scholarly enterprises in several regions of the world. European, Southeast Asian, and American authors in architectural and product design fields provide perspectives on making-centric design research, across manual, digital, post-digital, and post-consumer spectra of fabrication. But as an assemblage, these works are more than a catalogue. They prompt retrospective thought on the values held, and the value given, by these authors’ conjectural experiments in material form.

How to Cite

Elkin, D., & Stevens, J. (2020). Design Making: The Values Had, The Object Made, The Value Had — Practice · Making · Praxis. Cubic Journal, 3(3), 4–11.



Author Biographies

Daniel Elkin, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Daniel Elkin is a designer and builder working in Hong Kong. Elkin is an assistant professor of Environmental Design and Technical Coordinator for the Department of Environment and Interior Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His work focuses on spatial agency and its relationships with material practice, tooling, and construction technology. His work has been published in the journal Architectural Research Quarterly, at the College Art Association Annual Conference, and in a number of popular publications. His recent research studies stilt house communities in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, studying intersections between community development, individual development decisions, and owner-builder construction technology. He has masters of architecture degrees from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and the University of Cincinnati.

James Stevens, Lawrence Technological University

James Stevens is an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University, where he is the founding director of makeLab, the University’s digital fabrication lab. James is coauthor of the book Digital Vernacular, Architectural Principles, Tools and Processes (Routledge 2015). He is a licensed architect in the State of Michigan, USA and certified by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB). He is the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Medal for Excellence in the Study of Architecture and was the 2016 Fulbright Scholar in Albania. He holds a master of architecture degree from North Carolina State University and a bachelor in fine arts degree from The Savannah College of Art and Design. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Ferrara, Italy at the Polis University campus in Tirana, Albania were his research focuses on digital fabrication and digital craft.