TECHNE 18 (2019): Detailed Design
Essays and Viewpoint

Experiment, develop and provoke: the prototype as an instrument of design

Roberto Giordano
Dipartimento di Architettura e Design, Politecnico di Torino, Italia
Elena Montacchini
Dipartimento di Architettura e Design, Politecnico di Torino, Italia
Silvia Tedesco
Dipartimento di Architettura e Design, Politecnico di Torino, Italia
Published November 29, 2019
Keywords
  • Prototyping,
  • Learning by doing,
  • Innovative technological solutions,
  • Hands-on design
How to Cite
Giordano, R., Montacchini, E., & Tedesco, S. (2019). Experiment, develop and provoke: the prototype as an instrument of design. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (18), 89-98. https://doi.org/10.13128/techne-7515

Abstract

The aim of the essay is to investigate the strategic role of physical prototyping in design, from concept to application, in a context characterised by the increasingly widespread presence of digital technologies and virtual prototypes. Starting from the identification of certain categories of prototypes (provocative, experimental, production), the article proposes a critical overview of the elements that characterise prototyping activities in the fields of education, research and technological transfer.

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