ERIC Number: EJ889061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Explorations in Teaching Sustainable Design: A Studio Experience in Interior Design/Architecture
Gurel, Meltem O.
International Journal of Art & Design Education, v29 n2 p184-199 Jun 2010
This article argues that a design studio can be a dynamic medium to explore the creative potential of the complexity of sustainability from its technological to social ends. The study seeks to determine the impact of an interior design/architecture studio experience that was initiated to teach diverse meanings of sustainability and to engage the participants with refined design applications that used sustainable choices. A teaching scheme that utilised a team of instructors with varying degrees of knowledge and competence in different aspects of the topic, mediated the education of both the students and the instructors themselves. The results were documented through observing the students and, later, a survey of the graduates. The study revealed that this studio experience developed a heightened awareness of sustainability as a multidimensional concept that requires critical thought processes, and greatly influenced the recognition of environmentally responsible design as an imperative in education. The findings also suggested that, ideally, sustainability should be addressed earlier, at lower levels, and needs to be woven into every aspect of a curriculum.
Descriptors: Interior Design, Database Design, Architecture, Database Management Systems, Libraries, Databases, Library Automation, Cognitive Processes, Communication Skills
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