Computational Making
Important Dates
May 9 Submissions due
May 16 Notification of acceptance
21 June 9:00am –12:30pm Workshop

Workshop Aim:

The goal of this workshop is to articulate and circumscribe an emerging area of research we call Computational Making. Making is construed broadly here – it’s not about digital fabrication. We are interested in how our active bodies and senses participate in the making of spaces and the things in them, and the potential roles of computation in making activities. Our focus is not on spaces and things in themselves, but on the processes and practices of their formation – on what the anthropologist Tim Ingold describes eloquently as “the fields of force and currents of material wherein forms are generated.

Making as defined here may include the making of things – from drawing a design on paper, to producing an image on a computer screen, to weaving a basket, to 3D printing a model, to constructing a building. It may also include the making of spaces through movement, perception, and dwelling. The emphasis in any case is on our bodily, sensuous engagements in making activities, entangled within dynamic social, cultural, and physical environments. We aim in this workshop to bring together diverse perspectives on making from a range of disciplines to envision new directions and possibilities for computation in making – whether in architecture, design, or the arts.

For complete details, please see the external workshop website.

Workshop Chair
Terry Knight, MIT, USA (tknight@mit.edu)
Program Committee
  • Daniel Cardoso Llach, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Mine Ozkar, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
  • Dina El-Zanfaly, MIT, USA
  • Athina Papadopoulou, MIT, USA
  • Theodora Vardouli, MIT, USA
  • Cagri Hakan Zaman, MIT, USA
Workshop Notes
Computational Making External Website

Submission information:
Two types of submissions will be considered. Please submit by email to computationalmaking@mit.edu.
• Brief position papers or extended abstracts describing a position or research perspective on the workshop theme. Papers should be 1000-1500 words. The paper format is available as PDF and RTF files.
• Poster abstracts (2 pages maximum) on projects or case studies related to the workshop theme. The poster abstract format is available as PDF and RTF files. Accepted posters should be A1 in size and format. A1 is 594 mm wide x 841 mm high or approximately 23 ½ in. wide x 33 in. high.

Workshop format:
The focus is on the presentation and exchange of ideas in order to delineate an emerging area of research and to formulate new research directions and challenges.
Introduction to workshop theme by the workshop committee
Selected position paper presentations, 5-10 min. each
Selected poster presentations (on projects or case studies), 5-10 min. each
Break out groups to discuss areas for future research
Summary of findings and wrap-up

Attendees at the workshop need to register either as an addition to the DCC'14 conference registration at a cost of £20, or if not registered for the conference at a cost of £40. Please go the main DCC14 conference page and then to Registration to register.

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