Form and Visualisation: Development, Implementation and Evaluation of an Integral, Foundational Imaging Study Program

Jack Breen

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    How should one go about creating a wholly new educational program – with the aim of furthering the understanding of architectural Form and the development of essential Visualisation skills – within strictly defined constraints, concerning the available study time and academic staff, plus a binding, interdisciplinary curriculum organization?
    This Paper documents the thematic integration and thorough ‘re-design’ of pre-existing foundational courses into two ‘twinned’ first-year Bachelor teaching applications, with ‘Form and Visualisation’ as their guiding theme.
    The challenge was set some four-and-a-half years ago, when the faculty’s (then) Dean decided to completely re-organize the existing Bachelor curriculum. The aim: to create an efficient and cost-effective integral study program, with clearly identifiable components and intellectually stimulating and creatively challenging new course concepts.
    The consequences of the initiative were far-reaching and involved re-defining – and frequently re-inventing – teaching methods and -contents. All of the new BSc programs would be required to fit into a rigorous, top-down, three-year time-frame, whereby the subjects of wholly different disciplines (in our case: Building Technology and Architectural History & Theory), would need to be offered simultaneously, in parallel trajectories.
    Whilst the ‘old’ program was still up-and-running, a busy half-year was spent developing a tightly organized conglomerate of interwoven educational modules. Then (some four years ago) the entire Bachelor curriculum was re launched in one go: a logistically and pedagogically challenging operation, to say the least!
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEnvisioning Architecture: Space / Time / Meaning
    EditorsTom Maver, Paul Chapman, Christopher Platt, Victor Portela, David Eaton
    PublisherGlasgow School of Art Press
    ISBN (Print)978-0-9576660-8-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventEAEA13: 13th European Architectural Envisioning Conference 2017 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Duration: 6 Sep 20178 Sep 2017


    ConferenceEAEA13: 13th European Architectural Envisioning Conference 2017
    CountryUnited Kingdom


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