Advertisement

Pursuing Resilience in Architectural Design Through International Experimental Projects: Exploring New Boundaries in the Design Studio Pedagogy

  • Silvia BassaneseEmail author
  • Benedetta Rodeghiero
  • Aida Espanyol
Chapter
  • 365 Downloads
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Abstract

In response to the current global crisis, there is a growing demand for responsible behaviour in designing and building that can accommodate user needs through the design process. This chapter describes an innovative approach to the design process aiming to generate a model adopted by an international collaboration who are reconsidering the traditional design process and addressing a new paradigm of the thinking process. The project is experimental in nature and discusses the educational frameworks in architecture . It optimises a model, which demonstrates breakthroughs and trend-setting educational approaches and is potentially transferable to a range of other professions. The chapter argues that the educational ethos of ‘ethic of resilience ’ should be pursued by pushing the boundaries of the conventional Design Studio towards the formation of adaptive system settings. All the participants at the various stages of the innovative educational framework, named Build Our Nation (BON) and its first application Taifa Letu Tujenge (TLT), have already demonstrated, on one hand to be able to learn from the experience achieved from various stages undertaken in the past, and, on the contrary, to be flexible enough to proceed with changes reflecting on the external conditions. The vision is that the Higher Educational Institutions and, especially, universities must become more co-productive actors in society. It can be useful to think of a university as a manufacturer; and subsequently, a manufacturing company as an advanced workshop; a workshop as a real-world project; therefore, a real-world project connoted back to the meaning of university. This vicious cycle of pedagogy embedded in learning and teaching should be central to any higher education focusing on design and research aiming to inform each other through the values of social capital .

Keywords

System thinking Breakdown of settings Practice research Ethics Social capital 

References

  1. Andreotti, L., & Costa, X. (1996). Theory of the dérive and other situationist writings on the City. Barcelona: Actar.Google Scholar
  2. Augé, M. (1995). Non-places: Introduction to an Anthropology of supermodernity. London: Verso.Google Scholar
  3. Bassanese, S., Espanyol, A., & Rodeghiero, B. (2012). Build our nation international project: An Innovative educational model for systems thinking in design. In INTED2012 Proceedings (pp. 4849–4858). Google Scholar
  4. Bauman, Z. (2007). Liquid times. Living in an age of uncertainty. Cambridge: Polity Press.Google Scholar
  5. Bombaci, G., & Costanzo, M. (2011). The neutral field: 2A + P/A interviews Andrea Branzi. San Rocco Islands, 3, 147–153.Google Scholar
  6. Bourdieu, P. (1984). Distinction: A social critique of the judgment of taste (R. Nice, Trans.). Boston: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  7. Branzi, A. (1975). Radical notes. Casabella, 399(3), 10–14.Google Scholar
  8. Brown, T. (2009). Change by design: How design thinking transforms organizations and inspires innovation. New York: Harper Collins.Google Scholar
  9. Charnley, F., & Lemon, M. (2011). Exploring the process of whole system design. Design Studies, 32(2), 156–179.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Coleman, J. (1988). Social capital in the creation of human capital. American Journal of Sociology Supplement, 94, S95–S120.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Corboz, A. (1985). Il Territorio come Palinsesto. Casabella, 516(9), 22–27.Google Scholar
  12. D’Anjou, P. (2011). An alternative model for ethical decision-making in design: A Sartrean approach. Design Studies, 32, 45–59.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. De Carlo, G. (2005). Le ragioni dell’architettura. Milano: operaDARC Electa.Google Scholar
  14. Dorst, K. (2011). The Core of ‘design thinking’ and its application. Design Studies, 32(6), 521–553.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Friedman, Y. (1977). Ou commence la ville. Paris: UNESCO Etablissements humains et environnement socio-culturel.Google Scholar
  16. Friedman, Y. (2000). Utopies realisable. Nouvelle edition. Paris: L’Eclat.Google Scholar
  17. Friedman, Y. (2003). L’architecture de Survie: Une Philosophie de la Pauvrete, Paris: L’Eclat.Google Scholar
  18. Fry, T. (2009). Design futuring: Sustainability, ethics and new practice. Berg: Oxford.Google Scholar
  19. Galimberti, U. (2009). L’ospite inquietante. Il nichilismo e i giovani. Milano: Serie Bianca Feltrinelli.Google Scholar
  20. Ghrajedaghi, J. (2011). Systems thinking. Managing chaos and complexity. A Platform for designing business architecture. Burlington: Morgan Kaufmann, Elsevier.Google Scholar
  21. Holland, J. H. (2006). Studying complex adaptive systems. Journal of Systems Science and Complexity, 19(1), 1–8.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Iacovoni, A. (2003). Game zone: Playgrounds between virtual scenarios and reality. Basel: Birkhauser.Google Scholar
  23. Jenkins, R. (2004). Social identity. London: Routledge.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. Peter, C. (1981). Systems thinking, systems practice. United States: Wiley.Google Scholar
  25. Price, C. (2003). Re: CP. Basel: Birkhauser.Google Scholar
  26. Rapoport, A. (1990). The meaning of the built environment. A nonverbal communication approach. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.Google Scholar
  27. Rapoport, A. (2009). Cultura, Arquitectura y Diseno. Barcelona: Edicions UPC.Google Scholar
  28. Tonkinwise, C. (2011). A taste for practices: Unrepressing style in design thinking. Design Studies, 32(6), 533–545.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  29. Wasserman, B., Sullivan, P. J., & Palermo, G. (2000). Ethics and the practice of architecture. New York: Wiley.Google Scholar
  30. Woolcock, M. (2000). Social capital: Implications for development theory, research and policy. The World Bank Research Observer, 15(2), 225–249.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Bassanese
    • 1
    Email author
  • Benedetta Rodeghiero
    • 2
  • Aida Espanyol
    • 3
  1. 1.The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built EnvironmentRobert Gordon UniversityAberdeenUK
  2. 2.Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de BarcelonaUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Escola Superior d’Arquitectura de ReusUniversitat Rovira i VirgiliReusSpain

Personalised recommendations