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Teaching informal urbanism: simulating informal settlement practices in the design studio


Owen, C and Dovey, K and Raharjo, W, Teaching informal urbanism: simulating informal settlement practices in the design studio, Journal of Architectural Education, 67, (2) pp. 214-223. ISSN 1046-4883 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10464883.2013.817164


Informal settlements have become dominant forms and processes of urban development in many cities, yet the task of helping students engage with design issues in such contexts is fraught with difficulties of access, safety, and complexity. Drawing on detailed fieldwork, this article explores ways in which informal settlement formation can be taught in design studio through the use of games that simulate incremental practices of room-by-room accretion and prospects for transformation. The pedagogical goals are to effect a blurring of authorship and authority, to undermine top-down thinking, and to nourish forms of design imagination that unite process and form.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:informal settlements, design studio, pedagogy, design games
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural design
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Owen, C (Associate Professor Ceridwen Owen)
ID Code:87253
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2013-11-11
Last Modified:2015-01-19
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