This research argues for the place of human skill in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry of making and building. It explores ways for strengthening the interdependence and mutual benefits between manual craft and digital production. Through a series of built projects at various scales, Guan Lee and Daniel Widrig invent new composite materials and investigate hybrid design and fabrication techniques that make computation design more accessible to nonspecialist users.
Digital Manual was exhibited at The Aram Gallery and five of its objects were selected for Le Mobilier d’architectes, 1960–2020 at La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris, a group exhibition showcasing iconic architectural designs between 1960 and 2020. Subsequently, the research led to building a permanent inhabitable construction, Code-Bothy, commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park and realised in collaboration with Piercy & Company. SUP involved the initiation of an educational programme at St John’s C of E Primary School, Princes Risborough. Going forward, there are 22 classes from 12 schools and colleges scheduled in the vicinity that will participate in workshops to run in parallel with exhibitions around Buckinghamshire County, reaching approximately 330 children and young people annually.