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The core of the undergraduate design sequence is the development of both design thinking and dexterity with tools. Students will undertake a series of studio-based exercises in design demanding greater synthesis of diverse requirements and leading to increasingly resolved designs.
- three-dimensional spatial ordering;
- the development of an architectural language that can be responsive to different conditions;
- representation and composition
- an examination of interior and exterior spaces.
A variety of exploratory and analytic thinking methods, from concept mapping such as charting, will be introduced alongside a range of three-dimensional media, from digital modelling to physical modelling. Linking these investigations will be the theme of air, which may be explored conceptually, metaphorically, structurally, or technologically – e.g. atmosphere, acoustics (auditoria), music, inflatables, air flow and air quality, ventilation and cooling, wind turbines and wind forces.
Intended learning outcomes
Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:
- Demonstrate an ability to interrogate a brief;
- Demonstrate an ability to generate a variety of design possibilities for a given situation;
- Develop skills in various three-dimensional media;
- Demonstrate an understanding of relationships between architecture and air through the application of the three points above;
- Further develop the ability to make a case for proposals.
Students completing this subject will have developed the following generic skills:
- Ability to generate and iteratively test design ideas;
- Ability to work with design precedents;
- Ability to work with different design methodologies;
- Physical and digital model-making and its translation process;
- Ability to integrate digital tools into the design generation and design development processes;
- Graphic communication (including orthographic projections: plans, sections, elevations, axonometric and other projections);
- Verbal presentation and appropriate use of design terminology;
- Time management and project management; and,
- Constructive acceptance of feedback and criticism.
Last updated: 2 December 2019