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The tools and technologies used to shape materials in digital fabrication are permeating creative disciplines such as interior design, fashion, product design, and image arts. As a result, the ever present role of the licensed interior designer is changing dramatically due to the advancements in technology driven processes. Interior designers now use powerful software packages and digital fabrication tools to design and realize spaces, surfaces, furniture, installations, and enclosures that were once considered too complex or unbuildable. Therefore, it is increasingly important to investigate how digital technology and fabrication in the context of interior design will continue to advance our current education model and praxis.
The two-day symposium held at the Ryerson School of Interior Design explores the topic of digital fabrication in the context of interior design and is organized around themes that reflect a change in scale from object to architecture in response to the range of scales found in the interior. The event seeks to draw together topics of making that span traditional forms of craftsmanship to digital fabrication. While the discipline has a long history of hands-on pedagogy, a parallel discourse in digital fabrication and interior design has yet to be made evident, and one that we feel the School of Interior Design is poised to raise. Significant practitioners and researchers will give lectures and participate in roundtable discussions on the integration of digital fabrication tools, methodologies and outcomes to inform students, researchers, and practitioners of interior design and allied disciplines.