Panel: The Media Space: Evolving Media Architecture and Its Legend
Throughout the history of architecture, architects have transformed abstract ideas into tangible structures. In these buildings of the past exists an inseparable unity of design and construction processes. Today, however, a complex and segmented process nearly separates the architect from the builder; the significance of construction is marginalized. The building process is compartmentalized rather than seen as an integral way to extend and develop design ideas. Architectural education, especially in North America, has mirrored this segmented process of architectural practice. It is very rare for architecture students to actually build something they design. But, in some cases, such as at the Dessau Bauhaus, students were encouraged to build in order to learn and pursue design intentions. In recent years, design-build has swept through the industry as a delivery method offering faster and more cost-effective buildings. But these programs, for the most part, tend to emphasize cost savings and efficiency over design process and rigor and therefore these structures have lost the connection to design that once existed in buildings of the past, rather they. This study is a wake up call to academia and industry to once again see the connection between design and workmanship in architectural education. The research investigates the recent development of design-build studios (DBS for the purpose of this essay) in North America. This essay presents two process models and describes the fundamental pedagogical intentions. This essay identifies and critically analyze the interweaving factors of design and construction seen against the complex backdrop of the students’ experience and the professors’ intentions and objectives. This research represents a convergence of practical, educational and philosophical theories. Design, materials and assembly are knitted into a cohesive whole through the filter of education (Boyer and Mitgang, 1996; Lang, 1986; Pye, 1978). The book examines the relationship of design and construction through selected theoretical texts and places the research into historical and paradigmatic context (Nesbitt, 1996). It aims to unearth new knowledge through research and case studies, focusing on the nature of construction in design and its effect on the design process of the architect.
- Throughout his career, Professor Dr. William Joseph Carpenter FAIA, PhD studied under several prominent academic voices including Samuel Mockbee, Christopher Rischer, and Norman Jaffe. Dr. Carpenter is owner and founder of the internationally recognized design firm Lightroom, located in Decatur, GA, USA. Lightroom specializes in architecture and new media for both commercial and residential clients. Carpenter uses Lightroom as an extensive learning opportunity for interns through internships that are available year-round. He was elected as a Fellow of the AIA in 2000 and to the AIA National Board of Directors as South Atlantic Director in 2010. Most recently, Carpenter has been creating publications that capture the current, unique environment in architectural practice and education. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his two beautiful daughters, playing the bass, and making delicious smoothies.