Design Fabrication Lab | Room 202


Design Fabrication Lab | Room 202


'Make Room' by Design Fabrication Zone (Lily Leon, Naveed Khan, Meghan Maclean)

Rapid advancements in new technology are changing the way we design. With the cost of new materials and digital fabrication machines decreasing every day, and an infinitely dense, easily accessible free knowledge base online, designers today are shifting their focus on using technology to create novel consumable objects in vast quantities. With so many people aggressively adopting the occupation of "maker" and entering into the realm of design under the “DIY” label, the disparity between the quality and quantity of made objects is becoming increasingly worrisome. Consideration towards the intention for designing is being displaced with a tacitly undesirable need of the masses to make, consume, discard, and repeat.

"Make Room" seeks to present an interventional space to address issues around the act of designing and making, and invites the user to start asking the basic questions about their relationship to the objects found within. The five factors of “Who”, “What”, “Where”, “When”, and “How” are identified and exemplified by objects and projects produced by members of the Design Fabrication Zone at Ryerson University, and serve as motivators to guide users to question and answer the most important factor: “Why”. Through making intimate and personal connections with objects in the room, users will leave with more insight about their intentions for making, hopefully leading to more responsible and honest intentions for the future of design.basic questions about their relationship to the objects found within. The five factors of “Who”, “What”, “Where”, “When”, and “How” are identified and exemplified by objects and projects produced by members of the Design Fabrication Zone at Ryerson University, and serve as motivators to guide users to question and answer the most important factor: “Why”. Through making intimate and personal connections with objects in the room, users will leave with more insight about their intentions for making, hopefully leading to more responsible and honest intentions for the future of design.

The Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ) at Ryerson is an institutionally affiliated incubator that pursues and supports innovation in design and fabrication. We maintain expertise in the current methods and workflows in design and fabrication through the use of state-of-the art technology. We cultivate and support experimental design/fabrication project work and design-based entrepreneurial ventures.

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