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Architecture as A didactic instrument?
Rationalisation and standardisation in architecture are not antagonistic to imagination and experimentation; instead, they set the scene for such endeavours. The project-2 tests this academic position. For that the challenge is to “site a design facility / architectural installation” in BNUSA as a “didactic tool for visitors / architects”. The facility / installation would teach / explain sensitively selected rational and standard architectural details / components (utilizing the ones existing in the building or added/proposed by you) to form a comprehensive set from among the spectrum of standard architecture design challenges. You will have to demonstrate that you understand the chosen site / detail / component in depth and how best to expose them to viewers / visitors for an architectural comprehension.
Shafaqat Ali
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Architecture as A didactic instrument?
i am student of 5th year B.Arch, i need suggestion / guidance for this pre-thesis experimental project. any link / book or discussions are welcome, thanks!
Shafaqat Ali
Architecture as A didactic instrument?
Shafaqat, I am not sure where you are going with this topic. There would appear to be two different topics (a) Architecture as a didactic (= meant to instruct, teach) instrument? and (b) Rationalisation and standardisation are not antagonistic to imagination and experimentation.

(a) Yes, architecture can a teaching tool if the structure of the building is not hidden away or camouflaged.

(b) as regards "rationalisation and standardisation are not antagonistic to imagination and experementation" I would disagree given that far too much modern design is lazy as designers and architects rely on "off the shelf" stock materials and components using standard units of measure.

In other words, the mass manufacturers of building materials and components dictate the design of buildings.

Furthermore, given that artificial electric lighting is to be found in every modern building, then the tradtional reasons for designing permeable forms of vertical plane or specific forms of window are ignored and walls and windows become little more than "wallpaper" decoration.

In a sense, one could say that Civil Engineers today have a better grasp of building design today than architects, because they learn and know what the materials and components are used for.

The original architects were trained professional craftsmen who lived on site, drew on site and worked on site and therefore both knew their building materials and the location and terrain of the site from personal experience.

Whereas, today architects would appear to be people who design and draw in the Ivory Towers of their offices, far away from the site and materials, so the end result looks like Toytown.
Frank John Snelling
Architecture as A didactic instrument?
thanks
Shafaqat Ali
Architecture as A didactic instrument?
Shafaqat, You are welcome.
Frank John Snelling
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