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Grammatically thinking : Summing up the teaching of the first year with a comprehensive grammatical project

Ibrahim, Mohamed and Bridges, Alan and Chase, Scott Curland and Bayoumi, Samir and Taha, Dina (2012) Grammatically thinking : Summing up the teaching of the first year with a comprehensive grammatical project. In: CAAD | Innovation | Practice. ASCAAD, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, pp. 129-140. ISBN 978-99958-2-063-3

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This paper describes a teaching experience conducted and carried out as part of the coursework of first year students of architecture at Strathclyde University. The workshop is the Third 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 “Evaluation” during the Final stage. A grammatical approach was chosen to deliver the methodology in the design studio, based on shape grammars.