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Innovation and problem-solving through design-research and disciplinary cross-pollination

This is a course about innovation and problem solving through design. Architecture is about solving problems. In doing so it factors in a wide range of other disciplines. Creativity and innovation in architecture stems from its ability to incorporate other disciplines. Becoming proficient in disciplinary cross-pollination is a crucial element of becoming a good designer. Disciplinary influences can be termed multiple-disciplinary combinations, or disciplinary cross-pollination. It is through these disciplinary combinations that architects can develop a nuanced view of site: one that works beyond a physical location, but incorporates among others, geography, biology, technology, culture, society, economics, politics. The site of architecture is also that of process, and of thinking through the handling of material. Contextually relevant design is possible when practitioners understand site as a relationship of thinking practices in design and research, and of design as iterative problem solving process. Critical in this thinking process is sketching, a core disciplinary mediator driven by embodied-convective processes, and arguably the primary mode of thought for architects.

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The multiple disciplinary in research, design and architecture

Design process incorporates aspects from different disciplines. Disciplinary cross-pollination is inherent to design activity. These movements between fields and disciplines can take several forms. A breadth of underlying disciplinary movements in design practice can help a designer explore diverse connections…

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