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Experiencing design with grammatical explorations in the beginning design studio : The after-recognition experiment: designing with constraints

Ibrahim, Mohamed S. and Bridges, Alan and Chase, Scott C. and Bayoumi, Samir and Taha, Dina S. (2011) Experiencing design with grammatical explorations in the beginning design studio : The after-recognition experiment: designing with constraints. In: Respecting Fragile Places. University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana, pp. 689-698. ISBN 978-9-4912070-1-3

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Abstract

This paper describes a teaching experience conducted and carried out as part of the coursework of first year students of architecture in two different countries. The workshop is the second of three workshops planned to take place during the course of the first year studio, aimed at introducing new ways of thinking and introducing students to a new pattern of architectural education. The experiment was planned under the theme of “Production” in the mid-stage that is considered the operational stage of the design process. It also succeeded a recognition stage in which the students’ visual reasoning skills were targeted with more open and less determined design tasks. A grammatical approach was chosen to deliver the methodology in the design studio, based on the shape grammar methodology.