ArgumentNo. 9/2017

Theme vs. architectural exercises: trends in contemporary architecture reflected by architectural design studio, years IV-V, School of architecture_UAUIM

  • / “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania
  • / “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania

Abstract

Often, students’ projects in the architectural design studio are only brief reactions to the thematic of the year, when this directs by strict limitations the replies of academical exercises. The breach of thematic limits in this case may lead to fluidization of the solutions or in finding more nuanced resources, poetic or based on some architectural discourse.

Experimentation of some more particular themes in formulation of the limits can both restricts the imagination as formula response and compels the analysis of nuances beyond the usual spatial layers - of reading of architectural context. Completing the required theme in years IV-V by the response of thematic may still be a solution in formulating of an integrated project, but also used as final target of the school of architecture: formulating of a complex project containing both theme and answer, and relying on a personal study of the author-student and based on the tutor as critic.

The article aims to create a speech which contemporary architecture announces from the landscape of exercises in the years IV-V, and to conclude over some tendencies with plus and minus, over some thematic manners. The critical discourse sweeps from year projects, common as theme to all groups, to projects with architectural studio design theme that are fit in the teaching specific of Synthesis of Architectural Design Department, from the start project from fourth year to the last project from fifth year that announces the complexity of the diploma project. There are investigated a few types of topics, ways of approaches, of relation tutor - students and students -students, and the results of the teaching process related to proposed objectives.

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