Class Description & Motivation ~ In Sci Fab, we read and watch science fiction, and use the inspiration it provides to envisioneer and futurecraft something epic. First, we explore worldbuilding -- imagining science fictional universes across domains and scales. Second, we focus on exemplar artifacts that iconify those worlds, without violating the laws of physics, and iterate towards functional prototypes.
Towards these goals, we start the semester with Envisioneering which combines multiple techniques -- including critiques of classic and modern science fiction, data-science extrapolation, digital and experiential simulation, evocative design imagination, and holistic integration of select elements of a fully developed science fiction universe. In the second half of the semester we shift to Futurecrafting which combines the analysis of classic and modern science fiction with imagining and ultimately instantiating -- via physical fabrication or code-based interpretation -- at least one compelling technology and/or artifact they depict.
Guest lecturers and representatives from member companies working in these areas will contribute to select project critiques. Past projects have led to compelling prototypes, compelling additions to personal work portfolios, published articles, and even Masters & PhD thesis topics.