designing for environmental education
Curtin University - Semester 2 2018.
This project centres around ideas of community, school-aged children, and environmental education. The aim for the project is for the place to become a cultural and art hub as well, raising the profile of the BCF, securing the future of the BCF through self-sustainability (revenue making through usage fees), attracting future funding and providing a centre for future conservation for the local Bushlands. It is important that the project allows the community to be at one with the surrounding bush, building on the sensory experience of the forest strengthening the community’s connection to nature.
This project provides an avenue to identify the key ways in which the sense of place is created for different stakeholders, and what is required to sustain this. The studio project will embed sustainability, cultures and environment in the learning experiences and the designed outcome of this project.
Unit Learning outcome 1: Research and analyse best practice exemplars and case studies as a tool for referencing and generating a design response
As future architects, students will be developing their understanding of how architects and designers come to know the contexts in which they design, and to which they must inevitably respond. Students will be learning how to understand the meaning that is invested in place by others, and the different meanings that a place may have and how to share their understanding of the experiences of others. Students will be exploring how this understanding influence their ideas and their architectural response to site and program.
Unit Learning Outcome 2: Integrate design knowledge and industry requirements into a conceptual design framework
The studio is a collection of smaller projects, and while students will be assessed on their individual component, this is a collaborative studio. Students will be expected to communicate and coordinate their work with their peers, using the shared meanings that emerge to demonstrate their understanding of this transformative project and the potential for the community to thrive.
Unit Learning Outcome 3: Develop and present a design with an increasing level of resolution that articulates conceptual thinking whilst meeting industry standards and expectations
The outcomes of this studio will be used to present the project to stakeholders for approval, to promote the project to the broader community, to describe to potential funding sources, and to apply for bu
How does this studio match PlaceAgency Objectives?
The project provides a platform for students to engage with stakeholders in order to understand the sense of place and value placed on this forest by the community.
In this collaborative studio, students will be developing their skills in negotiation, communication and leadership, as they develop and document their designs, and respond to the needs of complex stakeholder groups from diverse backgrounds and with different capabilities and capacity to contribute. Students will engage with stakeholders, and each other, meaningfully and critically through effective communication and respectful collaboration.
Activities – Studio Outline
|Activity||Description||Key dates for activities||Key learning objectives|
|Week 1||Understanding Contexts||3 August||-|
|Week 2||Site Visit||10 August||-|
|Week 3||Coordinating Contexts||17 August||-|
|Week 4||Submission - Design Proposal||24 August||-|
|Week 5||Independent Progress||31 August||N/A|
|Week 6||Industry Design Reviews||7 September||-|
|Week 7||Site Visit||14 September||-|
|Week 8||Submission - Design Project||21 September||-|
|Week 9||Independent Progress||28 September||N/A|
|Week 10||Developing The Design||5 October||-|
|Week 11||Detailing Your Component||12 October||-|
|Week 12||Curating Your Experiences||19 October||-|
|Week 13||The Collective Response - Design Review||26 October||-|
|Week 14||Submission - Documentation||2 November||-|
|Week 15||Independent Progress||9 November||N/A|
|Week 16||Independent Progress||16 November||N/A|
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