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Design Studio 1 – ARC1011

Jing Li, Siqi Wang
2017 – Instructor: Vivian Lee

In this course students are asked to develop spatial skills relating two and three-dimensional problems of design and developing sophisticated spatial strategies from elementary exercises.

Students are tasked with turning abstract design questions into architectural environment while being introduced to the interaction between primary structural principals and form. In a series of cumulative exercises, the conceptualization of space (void) is developed through the manipulation of physical materials, the interplay between abstract conceptions of form and the accommodation and shelter of the body, and between abstract form and culturally formed elements of architectural tradition. Basic elements as stairs, columns, spanning systems, and enclosure, are addressed. Through the exercises of this course students are encouraged to explore the above mentioned themes through various manner of drawing and physical modeling.