CONSTRUCTING A SYSTEMIC APPROACH TO THE DESIGN SCIENCES: EXTENDING THE LOGIC OF ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES INTO STUDIO PRACTICE THROUGH IT

  • YEAR
    2000
  • AUTHORS
    Brentrup, Dale
    Swanson, Randy
    Lambert, Richard
  • CATEGORIES
    2000 Conference Papers
    Architectural science and education

Extract

To significantly impact the development of spatial/ formal building design judgment it has become important to
extend the logic of the environmental technologies into design studio as a means of enhancing student synthetic
skills. This paper reports on an ongoing, funded research project that is concerned with the educational
application of Information Technology (IT) into the third year design sequence of our professional architectural
curriculum. The research was implemented because of the recognized need to advance our students’ technical
knowledge and skill development within the core architectural design sequence (i.e., 1st – 3rd years) while
providing a complimentary bridging to traditionally separate topical areas of architectural knowledge.
The studio pedagogy presented covers a four-year period of instructional development that has relied upon an
iterative process intended to extend traditional methods of studio instruction by incorporating computational
tools and physical modeling methods of analysis. Sharing the instructional intent, the paper discusses the
application of software to specific environmental and structural analysis modules that have been implemented to
meet the design objectives of the course and provide a curricular bridge to critical course work in the design
sciences. The paper presents the perceived strengths and weaknesses that have influenced the refinement of
studio objectives and that have adjusted the simulation methods that have been employed in order to extend
studio instruction and facilitate greater understanding of the iterative attributes of the information based systems
utilized. It also shares initial observations on the development of an evaluation instrument that has been
designed to assess the impact on student performance and record student improvement through the refinement
of this instructional approach.

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