Every human being is always-already a designer but the affordability of 3-D computer prototyping makes that fact more obvious. Over 5 million guns are manufactured each year in the US alone. What’s new is the intersection of the Maker movement, the diffusion of computer-aided rapid prototyping technology, and ingenious tests of Constitutional definitions of defense, liberty, and the right to bear arms.
The following case study about the shift from Modernist, to Postmodernist, and even to the prefiguring of a Post-postmodernist (or integral) mode of urban civic planning, describes a new kind of role for not just the architect but the alderman, attorney and engineer. This new role of the professional is of a different order– multivalent, translational and facilitative in service of new kinds of processes unfolding in time and space. Design ideation and prototypes are examples of design tools that invite elected officials, specialists, and citizens into a dynamic co-envisioning of possible city futures and counterproposals in a real-time co-creative cross-functional workflow.