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Disputas: William Lavatelli Kempton

William Lavatelli Kempton forsvarer sin avhandling "Unpacking Making – A Product Design Critique on Emergent Uses of Additive Manufacturing" for ph.d.-graden ved AHO den 12. juni

Prøveforelesning: 11.00 Unpacking the future role of AM (Additive Manufacturing) through specific cases and personal reflections.
Disputas: 13.00


Today, as the technical capabilities of 3D printers are advancing, they are finding newfound uses within product design as an Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology. Through a practice-led mode of design research, this thesis argues that AM needs to be supported by critical reflection of its technical capacities, as they are subjected to interpretation through contexts of use. It does so through investigating the relationship between design, making and critique, particularily in the context of design education.

In the mode of a thesis by compilation, I develop a holistic model of design-making critique in which product design is oriented towards critical and future-oriented forms of inquiry. With making as a core and integrating activity, the model moves from design-making critique through emergent use groups, into a wider technological design frame. The model is positioned with respect to the diverse means, context, tools and memberships in which making is made manifest.

The study makes the following overarching contributions. Firstly, it critiques the sociotechnical transformation of AM from within the product design field. Secondly, it incorporates theories of socio-technological development into design pedagogy. Thirdly, it realigns critical making approaches to design expertise. For design practitioners, the study may also be useful for generating insight into the technical materials of AM, in applying them in contextual design processes, and as a tool for technological reflection.

William Lavatelli Kempton is a design practitioner and researcher with a master’s degree in industrial design from the Oslo School of Architecture and design. His PhD research has been a part of ongoing research efforts into designing for Additive Manufacturing, conducted at the Institute of Design at AHO.


Steinar Killi, Institute of design, AHO



First opponent – Senior Professor Bo Westerlund, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Sweden
Second opponent – Associate Professor Jouke Verlinden, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Third memeber and coordinator – Associate Professor Lisbeth Harboe, AHO

Dato: 12 juni, 2019
Tid: 11:00

Sted: AHO - A2 - Sverre Fehn Auditorium
Adresse: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo