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Retracing Spatial Design Processes: Developing a Pedagogical Tool for Architecture


Retracing Spatial Design Processes: Developing a Pedagogical Tool for Architecture

Nizar, Firdous ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4297-671X (2020) Retracing Spatial Design Processes: Developing a Pedagogical Tool for Architecture. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Over the recent decades, contemporary architecture and its design processes have witnessed rapid digitization - owing to the advent of Computer-Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) tools. However, these tools for the architectural discipline have yet to holistically accommodate the intuitive, “messy” and collaborative nature of its ideation processes. These creative processes of architecture students and novice practitioners have either been flattened or neglected while enforcing conventional CAAD tools with inflexible interfaces. However, students can benefit from experiential learning in design studios with tools that support and facilitate their reflective design processes. These tools could intuitively assist in brainstorming design concepts from inspirational stimuli while simultaneously documenting these thought processes and ideas through interactive design databases. Hence, given the continued adaptation of the architecture discipline with digital design strategies, tools that help in dynamically recording and tracing the evolution of design thinking and making processes can help better validate and reflect on their corresponding conceptual designs.
This research is an investigation into the ongoing gap in the interactive documentation of the ideation processes in architecture education such that they could promote reflective design learning among architecture students while generating ideas for the built. This gap is attributed to the various challenges and limitations of existing CAAD tools such as the rigidity of their interfaces and lack of holistic support for collaborative design works. The research explores a digital design tool for students and novice practitioners that has the ability: (1) to record and trace the concepts and design ideas generated during creative brainstorming sessions, (2) to provoke reflective design thinking and making through proposed design modes and, (3) to facilitate collective contribution to these designs. Through experimentation with these criteria, the proposed tool is investigated for its potential to bridge the gap in reflectively communicating and collaborating on design proposals during the conceptual design phases in architecture education and practice.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Design and Computation Arts
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Nizar, Firdous
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.Des.
Date:29 July 2020
Thesis Supervisor(s):Cucuzzella, Carmela
Keywords:architectural design; research-creation; design pedagogy; digital tools; design process; documentation; version control; reflective communication and collaboration
ID Code:987128
Deposited By: Firdous Nizar
Deposited On:25 Nov 2020 16:20
Last Modified:25 Nov 2020 16:20


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