Abstract

This paper presents a pedagogical approach to teaching architectural studios that begins with spatial and material design research into the socio-cultural consequences of the global flows of building materials. This work responds to the challenge set by architectural theorist, Peg Rawes, to consider ‘relational architectural ecologies’ within design. She has argued that sustainability research in architecture has been siloed within building science and, as a consequence, has been addressed through technological approaches without due consideration to social ‘ecologies’. Students design research work, which innovatively re-imagines sustainable futures, is discussed.

Keywords:

design research, architecture, globalisation, locavore

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Global Flows of Materials: Design Research an d Practice in Architecture

This paper presents a pedagogical approach to teaching architectural studios that begins with spatial and material design research into the socio-cultural consequences of the global flows of building materials. This work responds to the challenge set by architectural theorist, Peg Rawes, to consider ‘relational architectural ecologies’ within design. She has argued that sustainability research in architecture has been siloed within building science and, as a consequence, has been addressed through technological approaches without due consideration to social ‘ecologies’. Students design research work, which innovatively re-imagines sustainable futures, is discussed.

 

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