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Saturday, May 6 • 10:30am - 11:00am
Pivoting in Creative Space — Disruption as a Design Thinking Generator FILLING

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Digital fabrication methods provide a rapid means of form making, but do not necessarily cultivate creative problem solving skills, multi-dimensional thinking. This presentation examines methods of pedagogy that encourage students to pivot within the creative space through multimodal explorations and interludes.

A series of reflective exercises — Design Popups — were integrated into a 15-week sophomore-level design studio. Students were introduced to digital as well as analog methods of design production and analysis (3D printing, laser cutting, metering, sketch models). Throughout the semester, students were provided with opportunities to consider alternative solutions, explore issues of materiality, test assumptions, and reconcile misconceptions as part of the design iteration cycle.

Preliminary results showed that shifting between different modes of production and analysis, promoted deeper engagement and understanding of design tools and decisions but also revealed insights about the role that (dis)comfort plays in exploring and risk-taking with new methodologies.

The presentation will feature examples of student work and assignments. Time will be provided for questions and open discussion.

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Roberta Militello

Presenter, Cornell University
Roberta Militello is an artist, designer, and educator whose work explores the synthesis of digital and physical information through unexpected translations of form, space, and light. Her cross-disciplinary practice has led to collaborations on diverse projects at multiple scales... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Ballroom E