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Architect as composer: engaging architecture students with music in the design studio

Ham, Jeremy 2003, Architect as composer: engaging architecture students with music in the design studio, in Design + Research : project based research in architecture, Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-10.

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Title Architect as composer: engaging architecture students with music in the design studio
Author(s) Ham, Jeremy
Conference name Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia. Conference (1st : 2000 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 28-30 September 2003
Title of proceedings Design + Research : project based research in architecture
Editor(s) Newton, Clare
Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra
Wollan,Simon
Publication date 2003
Conference series Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia Conference
Start page 1
End page 10
Publisher Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) music and architecture
authentic learning
real-scale modelling
tectonic design
design education
Summary This paper explores the engagement of architectural students with music in a second year design studio, through a Game and two design projects. A ‘Game’, in the context of this research, is a low-risk learning activity derived from the model established in the CUTSD ‘Reflective Making’ project. The Game required students to complete one of three tasks; to compose and record a piece of electronic music; to research the works of a composer within a digital presentation or to design a prototype musical instrument. This was used as a generative device to inform the design of a Music Room: a space for the contemplation and composition of music. A third stage of the project involved the actual construction of 8 Music Rooms, a high-risk, high-reward activity that requires physical resolution of an established relationship between music and architecture.

This paper will focus on the engagement of architecture students with the Game and related design projects. Student perceptions of the project are used to inform an evaluation of the project as an authentic learning experience and as a valuable component of their architectural education.
Language eng
Field of Research 120101 Architectural Design
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2003, Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
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