Thinking Through Making

Instructor: Mario Vergara

Office Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays  9a-13p

Studio Meetings: Mondays and Thursdays 17:00 to 20:00

An architect must be a craftsman. Of course any tools will do; these days, the tools might include a computer, an experimental model, and mathematics. However, it is still craftsmanship—the work of someone who does not separate the work of the mind from the work of the hand. It involves a circular process that takes you from the idea to a drawing, from a drawing to a construction, and from a construction back to idea.

–Renzo Piano

borrowing from the discipline of architecture this studio will engage designers

CNCstudio, Mario Vergara

The introduction of digital tools for design and manufacturing, over the last decades has introduced important changes on how build environments are imagined and realized. The fusion of digital technologies with everyday design practices, promises radical shifts in the way we understand the design process as a whole. Parameters such as materiality, assembly, economy, and performance begin to drive the design process; tools become critical links between mind, hand, and material. This studio seeks the generation of an iterative based workflow, between design and fabrication.  The course methodology will be based on a loop strategy of digital data recollection, digital design, and digital manufacturing. Each recursive step will produce an iteration of knowledge consisting of a set of representation, materialization and evaluation.


Mario Vergara es arquitecto de la Universidad Central de Chile,mario ganador de Fondart, durante su paso por programa Servicio País, con un Master en Arquitectura en Pratt Institute, School of Architecture, Brooklyn, New York. Ciudad donde se desempe?ó como arquitecto en Rafael Viñoly Architects PC. Vergara ha sido publicado en el Sociedad Iberoamericana de gráfica digital en el año 2006., Y participado en el equipo docente ganador del concurso ILAFA de arquitectura 2010. es arquitecto asociado de GVarquitectos ltda, y CNC Studio, oficina de diseño y fabricación digital. Actualmente es parte de la Escuela de Diseño de la Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

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