Ar­chi­tec­ture as New Media


Session Title:

  • The Media Space: Evolving Media Architecture and Its Legend

Presentation Title:

  • Ar­chi­tec­ture as New Media



  • Panel: The Media Space: Evolving Media Architecture and Its Legend

    Through­out the his­tory of ar­chi­tec­ture, ar­chi­tects have trans­formed ab­stract ideas into tan­gi­ble struc­tures. In these build­ings of the past ex­ists an in­sep­a­ra­ble unity of de­sign and con­struc­tion processes. Today, how­ever, a com­plex and seg­mented process nearly sep­a­rates the ar­chi­tect from the builder; the sig­nif­i­cance of con­struc­tion is mar­gin­al­ized. The build­ing process is com­part­men­tal­ized rather than seen as an in­te­gral way to ex­tend and de­velop de­sign ideas. Ar­chi­tec­tural ed­u­ca­tion, es­pe­cially in North Amer­ica, has mir­rored this seg­mented process of ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice. It is very rare for ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents to ac­tu­ally build some­thing they de­sign. But, in some cases, such as at the Dessau Bauhaus, stu­dents were en­cour­aged to build in order to learn and pur­sue de­sign in­ten­tions. In re­cent years, de­sign-build has swept through the in­dus­try as a de­liv­ery method of­fer­ing faster and more cost-ef­fec­tive build­ings. But these pro­grams, for the most part, tend to em­pha­size cost sav­ings and ef­fi­ciency over de­sign process and rigor and there­fore these struc­tures have lost the con­nec­tion to de­sign that once ex­isted in build­ings of the past, rather they.

    This study is a wake up call to acad­e­mia and in­dus­try to once again see the con­nec­tion be­tween de­sign and work­man­ship in ar­chi­tec­tural ed­u­ca­tion. The re­search in­ves­ti­gates the re­cent de­vel­op­ment of de­sign-build stu­dios (DBS for the pur­pose of this essay) in North Amer­ica. This essay pre­sents two process mod­els and de­scribes the fun­da­men­tal ped­a­gog­i­cal in­ten­tions. This essay iden­ti­fies and crit­i­cally an­a­lyze the in­ter­weav­ing fac­tors of de­sign and con­struc­tion seen against the com­plex back­drop of the stu­dents’ ex­pe­ri­ence and the pro­fes­sors’ in­ten­tions and ob­jec­tives. This re­search rep­re­sents a con­ver­gence of prac­ti­cal, ed­u­ca­tional and philo­soph­i­cal the­o­ries. De­sign, ma­te­ri­als and as­sem­bly are knit­ted into a co­he­sive whole through the fil­ter of ed­u­ca­tion (Boyer and Mit­gang, 1996; Lang, 1986; Pye, 1978). The book ex­am­ines the re­la­tion­ship of de­sign and con­struc­tion through se­lected the­o­ret­i­cal texts and places the re­search into his­tor­i­cal and par­a­dig­matic con­text (Nes­bitt, 1996). It aims to un­earth new knowl­edge through re­search and case stud­ies, fo­cus­ing on the na­ture of con­struc­tion in de­sign and its ef­fect on the de­sign process of the ar­chi­tect.