4.12A Act Local: Maker Culture the Design Professions, and Workplace
Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Venue: George R. Brown Convention Center
Room: 320A

The rise of “Maker Culture” reflects a renewed interest in authenticity that comes from a connection between Maker and consumer. Historically, technology enabled mass-production of objects devoid of craft. Today, as technology enables democratized production that approaches artisanal quality, does that mean we are all Makers? As the influence of “maker culture” continues to grow from the classroom to the marketplace to the workplace, how will architects and designers and corporate real estate professionals respond?

Learning Lab Area:
Performance Learning Lab
Learning Objectives/Outcomes:
Learn about the social implications of "Maker Culture" and how it is impacting education, the consumer economy and the design of the workplace.
Appreciate the social, cultural, and economic implications of bringing local character to workplace environments.
Learn how to bring local flavor to workplace environments by working with local artisans and makers as integrated members of a project team.
Understand the differences between "mass customization" or customized (digital) production vs. conventional manufacturing and learn to evaluate the environmental impact of products designed and produced in the different modalities of digital fabrication and handcraft.
Levels of Learning
300 level
Topic Category:
Mr. David Euscher, Registered Interior Designer, Corgan