Why Factory: The spatial significance of Architectural Education Buildings

Fengji Zhu, Leilei Sun, Kaiyi Zhu, Liping Jing

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The educational space of Architecture faculty is used to cultivate architects. At the same time, it becomes the carrier of architectural ideas and teaching methods. The type of architecture and its spatial organization reflect the architectural education philosophy and attitude. Back in history, as early as the Renaissance, there had emerged study places for architects. After the industrial revolution and the modernist process, the types of architectural education sites are more diverse, and their main features are the spatial form of hybrid and box-in-box. This article preliminarily analyzes the evolutionary outline of architectural education buildings and interprets the spatial ideas in each period. The study focuses on the famous Dutch architectural school--BKCity of the Delft University of Technology, analyzing the teaching space logic of its distinctive Why Factory and exploring how the related space could stimulate the vitality of architectural education. By the analogy of some architectural schools, it also tries to compare the differences and characteristics of Chinese and Western architectural academies, finding out the spatial significance in architecture discipline, education method as well as sustainable application.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 XJTLU International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationArchitecture across Boundaries 2019
PublisherKnE Social Sciences
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventArchitecture Across Boundaries 2019 - Suzhou, China
Duration: 19 Jun 201921 Jun 2019


ConferenceArchitecture Across Boundaries 2019


  • School of Architecture
  • BKCity
  • Educational Space
  • Cognitive Experience
  • Sustainable Application


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