Crafting Canoes: Art & Science of Hydro Dynamic Design
Crafting Canoes: Art and Science of Hydro Dynamic Design examines design thinking in three different arenas: high performance racing canoes, concrete canoes, and ancient canoe artifacts. The high performance racing canoe has excelled through trial and error methodology informed by the intimate and passionate desire to go fast. Annually, the UW Concrete Canoe Team, made up of engineering students, designs and constructs what seems like the epitome of an oxymoron: a concrete boat that not only floats but will be the fastest in racing amongst its peers. The third arena is a glimpse at the origins of boat construction by viewing the hide wrapped structures of a whaling canoe and retrieval boat - a special viewing from the Anthropology collection. This exhibit shows how design goals unfold in different ways, and over the course of time, aspects of canoe design have not changed that much.