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The live project and prototyping as a paradigm for linking teaching and research in the architectural design studio


Orr, K, The live project and prototyping as a paradigm for linking teaching and research in the architectural design studio, Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching, 8, (1-2) pp. 1-21. ISSN 1744-7747 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]


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This paper presents a series of interrelated architectural design studios and technology electives at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) that ran over three years from 2009 to 2011. They involved a long running, live project partnership with Ku-ring-gai Council and integrated student collaboration with local fabricators, culminating in the 2014 construction of a prototypical park structure at Greengate Park in Killara, Sydney. In the context of the live project, the role of prototyping is explored as a specific form of inquiry-based learning that may optimise learning experiences applicable to architectural design and facilitate creative outcomes through linking teaching and research. It is increasingly being introduced into university architecture courses as an analogy to the activities employed by innovative professionals in architecture but the impressive visual imagery of student prototypes being produced is often divorced from any consideration of a broader theoretical context that might allow an assessment of pedagogical value. The question remains whether deep learning is occurring and whether the teaching processes and learning outcomes successfully link teaching and research. This paper identifies factors in the UTS case studies that influenced the studentsí learning experiences and their development of the research skills necessary for practice-based research in architecture.

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:The Live Project, prototyping, teaching, research, architectural design
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural design
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Orr, K (Professor Kirsten Orr)
ID Code:109031
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2016-05-18
Last Modified:2017-12-14
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