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.
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.
Field of Research
120101 Architectural Design
Socio Economic Objective
970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
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