Design-driven Manufacturing: Place and Product

By Jeana Ripple and Suzanne Moomaw.

Published by The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: October 10, 2014 $US5.00

The role that designers play as both master builders and innovators was popularized by prominent practicing architects in the last decade (Kieran, Timberlake, 2003). The proposition of this paper is that designers and the design process provide a unique set of solutions for rebuilding the domestic manufacturing sector. The Design Driven Manufacturing (DDM) initiative at the University of Virginia has allowed architecture and urban and environmental planning students to work directly with local manufacturers and communities to explore new building products and industries. This paper describes 1) an innovative approach to design and application of building products manufacturing; 2) the fostering of new manufacturing potential in post-industrial communities; and 3) an opportunity for students to learn new materials applications and the research-to-market process. With potential to build a new dimension of the creative economy, this project is exposing students across the arts, design, and development disciplines to timely research and critical needs in our manufacturing market and our communities.

Keywords: Architecture, Planning, Business Markets

The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, Volume 8, Issue 1, October 2014, pp.11-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 10, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 231.593KB)).

Jeana Ripple

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Department of Architecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Suzanne Moomaw

Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA