The Benefits of a Convergence between Art and Engineering
As design practitioners, researchers, and educators, we constantly find ourselves shuffled between the humanities and sciences. In fact, the design departments in universities around the globe are located within the faculties of engineering, architecture, visual art, liberal are or environmental sciences, thus becoming a meeting point for academics and professionals coming from both the humanities and sciences. The synergy resulting from the variety of backgrounds and expertise creates a fertile ground for exploration on both a conceptual and technical level. By briefly compiling and analyzing a review of literature and creative works spanning from the renaissance to contemporary art, this paper reflects on the potential benefits of combining engineering and art research. The authors of this paper look at the increasingly delicate role that technicians, engineers, and computer programmers play in developing technologies that impact our social, emotional, and intimal lives, and advocate for art as a context and tool to help those professional developing their sensitivity and critical sense, besides their skills. In doing so, the paper makes a contribution to the STEM vs. STEAM conundrum by encouraging an education that merges arts and humanities disciplines with scientific and technical subjects.
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