AN EVALUATION OF SCHEMATIC PHYSICAL MODEL AS A TEACHING TECHNIQUE IN THE IDEA GENERATION STAGE IN THE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO

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Abstract

The physical model is one of the popular techniques in teaching architectural design studios in most architectural schools worldwide. However, the usage of the physical model might vaiy from one school to another; some schools use it for visualization while others use it as a design tool or even a thinking tool. Physical models could be categorized into three types based on the purpose of using them; sketch model, schematic model and presentation model. Usually, the sketch models are used for idea generation, while schematic models are used in the idea development stage, but the presentation models are used to present the final design concept. This paper used a schematic model approach employing hotwire cutter machines and blue foam as raw material in the idea generation stage. The study was conducted on first-year students in the architectural engineering program in the UAEU. We adopted descriptive and analytical approaches for this study, in which a reference (case study) project was given to the participated students to propose concepts. The students were requested to generate the design idea by manipulating the schematic foam models of the case study. The outcomes of the students were evaluated using structured interviews with the students to understand their reflections about the experience. The initial results revealed that schematic foam models play a significant role in helping first-year architectural engineering students control scale and proportion issues, in addition to helping the students make unique and good designs from the idea generation stage. The participant students were excited about learning using physical models.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th Zero Energy Mass Custom Home International Conference, ZEMCH 2022 - Proceedings
EditorsShaila Bantanur
PublisherZEMCH Network
Pages428-436
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9788196074623
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event9th Zero Energy Mass Custom Home International Conference, ZEMCH 2022 - Bangalore, India
Duration: Nov 3 2022Nov 5 2022

Publication series

NameZEMCH International Conference
ISSN (Electronic)2652-2926

Conference

Conference9th Zero Energy Mass Custom Home International Conference, ZEMCH 2022
Country/TerritoryIndia
CityBangalore
Period11/3/2211/5/22

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Science Applications

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