Accommodating serendipity in the active studio

Crowther, Philip, Loh, Susan, & Sanders, Paul S. (2010) Accommodating serendipity in the active studio. In Forsyth, Graham (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Design Education, Conference Links and Event Management Services, University of New South Wales, Sydney, pp. 1-5.

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This paper presents a series of ongoing experiments to facilitate serendipity in the design studio through a diversity of delivery modes. These experiments are conducted in a second year architectural design studio, and include physical, dramatic and musical performance. The act of designing is always exploratory, always seeking an unknown resolution, and the ability to see and capture the value in the unexpected is a critical aspect of such creative design practice. Engaging with the unexpected is however a difficult ability to develop in students. Just how can a student be schooled in such abilities when the challenge and the context are unforeseeable? How can students be offered meaningful feedback about an issue that cannot be predicted, when feedback comes in the form of extrinsic assessment from a tutor?

This project establishes a number of student activities that seek to provide intrinsic feedback from the activity itself. Further to this, the project seeks to heighten student engagement with the project through physical expression and performance: utilising more of the students’ senses than just vision and hearing.

Diana Laurillard’s theories of conversational frameworks (2002) are used to interrogate the act of dramatic performance as an act of learning, with particular reference to the serendipitous activities of design. Such interrogation highlights the feedback mechanisms that facilitate intrinsic feedback and fast, if not instantaneous, cycles of learning. The physical act of performance itself provides a learning experience that is not replicable in other modes of delivery. Student feedback data and independent assessment of project outcomes are used to assess the success of this studio model.

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ID Code: 43833
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Design, Feedback, Serendipity, Studio, HERN
ISBN: 9780646545066
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [The University of New South Wales (UNSW)] please consult authors
Copyright Statement: COPYRIGHT on all papers of the Conference resides with The University of New South Wales (UNSW). Forsyth, Graham (Editor). Proceedings of CONNECTED 2010 International Conference on Design Education.
Deposited On: 09 Aug 2011 05:14
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:58

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