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Interdisciplinary Cluster Competition XL
Disciplines are transcending their original boundaries. Collaboration between different design disciplines are becoming the norm. There is an opportunity for design educators to create and implement cross disciplinary experience in undergraduate education that provides true and meaningful understanding of the possibilities of trans- disciplinary collaborate design projects.
This exercise provides a framework for exploring cross-disciplinary collaboration between five design disciplines, including architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, and visual communication. Across the school, two hundred students engaged in a ten-day competition in which mixed teams worked to identify a problem, explore solutions that involved a multidisciplinary approach and communicate their proposals.
Interplay of Design Roles Senior and Junior Designers
Each student, as the designer, interviewed a classmate “client'' who had written a program and selected a house plan. The designer planned the interior, presented ideas to the client; and after concept approval from the client, instructed a junior designer to prepare drawings for the final presentations.
Introduction to Interior Architecture
Primary emphases of the course were programmatic development, methodological problem solving, communication media, and a survey of the creative possibilities within the dynamic realm of interior design. Orchestrated studio activities were supplemented by selected reading assignments, research and documentation, multi-media presentations, field trips, and visiting professionals.
This project is to design a furniture joint that acts as its own decoration. It is to be a “point” where one, two or three materials come together and the construction of this joint should “celebrate” the union of those materials.
Light Fixture Design or Retrofit
Students were required to design a light fixture or retrofit an existing fixture. Students used community resources to seek technical assistance for the wiring, material selection and fabrication of the fixture.
Meta Studio – A Model for Synergy & Convergence in Interior Design Education
Numerous arts, architecture, and interior design curricula have been geared by the separation of lecture and studio courses. This tendency to operate in isolation with minimal to no connection results in siloed teaching paradigms – didactic outcomes become more of added complicatedness than complexity. While studio courses address applied knowledge, lecture courses (i.e., computer graphics, materials, etc.) are designed to address theoretical and technical precepts generically, without modules that correlate. The proposed “Meta-Pedagogy” bridges design studio and lecture-based courses (Materials course & Graphics course) by converging faculties, disciplines, resources, and tools. This initiative is paving the way for a comprehensive, collaborative pedagogy whereby one learning objective, acquired in a given course, becomes evidence to support other concomitantly offered courses. The holistic, practice-based view provided through the “Meta-system” is in many ways core to the very discipline of design – a synthesis of arts and sciences.
Movie Set Analysis Project
Historically based movies are assigned to two-member teams for analysis of the accuracy of the set designs. Library research on architectural and interior styles provide a knowledge base from which to work. Specific questions concerning the architecture, surface treatments, furnishings, textiles, and accessories are answered for each movie.
Nature as Inspiration for Interior Ambience
A picture of a natural setting is used as inspiration for creating similar ambience in an interior setting. Materials and furnishings are selected and a concept board is prepared as might be done for further discussion with a client for an interior design project.
Following a series of lectures/discussions regarding the design process and particularly the Post Occupancy phase, students work as a team to conduct a "Post-Occupancy-Evaluation" of a given campus building. They perform a variety of research tasks to evaluate the space and then present their findings in a written report.
Preschool Play Space
The project involved the design of a small preschool. As the interior design students were in their first semester of design studio, the emphasis was on concept development, design process, and finding creative solutions. Students visited a preschool to observe and learn how children use space.
The Product Analysis project requires students to research interior products by contacting manufacturers/distributors/installers. In person contact is ideal but when not practical, telephone or written correspondence is acceptable. The information is then evaluated based on function, cost, maintenance, replacement, codes, and installation. These factors, along with previously made creative/aesthetic considerations, are tied together. A formal rationale is then developed and presented for specifying these products in the Senior Thesis Project.
Promoting Awareness of Multicultural Diversity
As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, it is important for students to develop a multicultural understanding of interiors and interior design. This report identifies a term paper as one means of emphasizing multicultural diversity within a survey course on historical interiors.
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