Learning from the Craftsmen


  • Arief Setiawan Kennesaw State University


We saw the facilities and the knowledge of the staffs in our shops as a springboard for constructing the pedagogy of our first year studios. We noticed the tendency to consider the fabrication facilities and shops as a means to produce models and other three-dimensional representations of design ideas. In this line of thought, we posed the inquiry of ways to develop generative principles and design intents based on learning processes of constructing things. Thus, we formulated the theme for our pedagogy as thinking-through-making. We discussed and brainstormed our ideas with the staffs of our woodshop. In a way, we consider the staffs as our craftsmen-in-residence.