Art of Facilitating ‘Problem-Driven Outcomes’ in an Architectural Design Studio

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Arulmalar Ramaraj


Studies reveal that subjective knowledge and irrational creativity dominate architectural design studios in the current scenario. With an intention to facilitate ‘problem-driven outcomes’ in a design studio, we framed a series of tasks specific to the framed design problem planned. The tasks were introduced sequentially at the beginning of design studio. For this purpose, a design problem with a time frame of 12 weeks of focusing on ‘multifunctional spaces’ was introduced to two groups of students pursuing second-year architecture To examine the effectiveness of the strategy, 39 students participated voluntarily in framed tasks like ‘story boards’, ‘reels to reality’, ‘collage’ and ‘dialogue between known and unknown context’ to construct appropriate knowledge. Triangulation of qualitative and quantitative analysis of the emergent outcomes processes from three different perspectives was investigated. The performances of the two groups display a stark difference in problem structuring, design processes and the outcomes.

Keywords: Art, facilitate, effectiveness, design studio, problem-driven outcome.


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Ramaraj, A. (2017). Art of Facilitating ‘Problem-Driven Outcomes’ in an Architectural Design Studio. New Trends and Issues Proceedings on Humanities and Social Sciences, 4(11), 93-106.