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The Stuckeman Center encompasses a number of state-of-the-art facilities including the Stuckeman Center Laboratory, as well as a number of other laboratories, each focusing on different research fields connected to Design Computing, such as Visualization, Digital Fabrication, or Computational Textile and Soft Computational Materials. These laboratories offer the Stuckeman community the opportunity to come into close contact with advanced tools for design.

Parametric chair designs on Mass Customization and Design Democracy symposium announcement graphic

International Symposium
Mass Customization and Design Democracy

Date: 12–13 May 2017 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
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Thanks to parametric design and digital fabrication it is now possible to massproduce non-standard, highly differentiated products, from shoes and tableware to furniture and now even houses. Variety no longer compromises the efficiency and economy of production. Furthermore, parametric definitions of products’ geometry are made accessible via interactive websites to anyone, who could then design their own, unique versions of the product. Such 'democratization' of design – through mass-customization – raises many interesting questions such as the authorship of design and the functional and esthetic quality of products (shoes, tableware, furniture, houses…) designed by non-designers. This symposium explores social, cultural and design implications of this emerging 'design democracy', including its technological origins.