Abstract / Concrete: The Materiality and Logics of Construction

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dc.contributor.author Tsubaki, Kentaro en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-22T18:56:49Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-22T18:56:49Z
dc.date.issued 2008-03 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/29127
dc.description This presentation was part of the session : Pedagogy: Procedures, Scaffolds, Strategies, Tactics en_US
dc.description 24th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student en_US
dc.description.abstract The recent technological obsessions fueled by the perforation of sophisticated structural, environmental, and visual computer simulations have re-ignited the interest in the realm of building performance. However, without a critical understanding of the physical processes of making, these new technologies tend to limit its potential by merely re-affirming the old functionalist thinking: predicting the predictable. Similar in response to the typical construction technology courses, introduction of these digital technologies early in the design education tends to accentuate amongst the average architecture student the "Tech School Mentality." They are often too concerned with the technical correctness of employing various software, distancing themselves from the opportunities for empirical exploration of design and making. In the design studio, this manifests in a manner where students are eager to meet the minimum "external" requirements (code, program, function etc.) but resistant to creatively explore the "internal" (emotional, experiential) aspect of the design on their own. This paper contends that the key in evoking curiosity and encouraging the exploratory behavior in architecture students in the digital age is to introduce a material based exploration in a carefully coordinated educational setting. It also discusses the methodology and benefit of integrating the hands-on investigation of concrete into a standard construction technology lecture course and speculates the latent possibility as a mode of design education though the examples from a course taught by the author at College of Architecture, Texas Tech University in the Spring of 2007. en_US
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 24NCBDS. Pedagogy: Procedures, Scaffolds, Strategies, Tactics en_US
dc.subject Material en_US
dc.subject Pedagogy en_US
dc.subject Design education en_US
dc.title Abstract / Concrete: The Materiality and Logics of Construction en_US
dc.type Proceedings en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename Texas Tech University. College of Architecture en_US

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