Fabricating the Future: Urban Living in the Shared Economy
Wendy W. Fok, founder and creative director of WE-DESIGNS in New York City and Hong Kong and an assistant professor of integrated design at Parsons School of Art and Design, will discuss the future of urban living in this lecture, part of the ISU Department of Architecture’s 2018-2019 Public Programs Series, “Anonymity.”
Physical fabrication forms a core discipline of contemporary design education. The mandate to “make” crosses almost every path a student can take through school. And just as often as designers, creatives, technologists, policymakers, faculty and students are asked to substantiate their design research with physical products, they find opportunities to turn made objects into launching points for truly creative research. Meanwhile in the city, practicing makers increasingly blur the distinctions between digital and “conventional” fabrication, as well as the meanings of “research” and “product.” In her presentation, Fok will discuss the future of urban living and work that is as creative and conscientious as it is accomplished and entrepreneurial. Her book Digital Property: Open-source Architecture will be available for sale at the lecture.