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Between studio and street : the role of the live project in architectural education

Sara, Rachel (2004) Between studio and street : the role of the live project in architectural education. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Abstract

As a core element of architectural education, the design studio is the place where most aspects of the course are assimilated. However, it is criticised for failing to address key aspects of both practice and education. In response, live projects are beginning to be undertaken in schools of architecture in the UK, as a way of introducing real clients or users into the design studio, and taking students into the 'real world'. Students often work in groups, in collaboration with other disciplines, and in the community, and are challenged to take on real issues, develop real relationships and often to make a real contribution. This thesis traces a history of the design studio, provides a description and critique of the current normative model, and summarises the criticisms of the current system, followed by ways in which architectural educators are addressing these criticisms. Both the studio and live projects are then explored in the context of education theory and praxis. This discussion culminates with the presentation of examples of live projects. The following empirical study uses a combination of autobiography, case study and survey methods to establish: the learning effects of live projects; what is perceived to be the important issues in experiencing the live project; how and why these differ to the traditional studio project. The research uses a feminist critique to expose the way that certain characteristics are conceptualised as being masculine and superior to others (which are conceptualised as being feminine and subordinate). The feminist position is thus focussed on reuniting and rebalancing polar opposites with the intention of creating a more inclusive approach. Ultimately the position allows both the masculine and the feminine to be celebrated for the benefit of both women and men in the development of the studio and ultimately the profession. This interpretative framework influences both the choice and approach to the literature study as well as the methodology for the empirical study.The research found live projects to be a valuable insertion into the studio repertoire. Students develop a range of attitudes and skills that can be seen to enrich, critique and develop those found in traditional studio work, and which contemporary education models support. Alongside this, live projects develop the potential for dialogue between the studio, the profession and the community. The culmination of the research is a best-practice guide for the implementation of live projects.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of Architecture (Sheffield)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.412728
Depositing User: EThOS Import Sheffield
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2019 12:22
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2019 12:22
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/21784

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