Ubiquitous digital repositories in the design studio: a case study.
Spaeth, A. Benjamin
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DOUNAS, T. and SPAETH, A.B. 2016. Ubiquitous digital repositories in the design studio - a case study. In Herneoja, A., Österlund, T. and Markkanen, P. (eds.) Complexity and simplicity: Proceedings of the 34th education and research in computer aided architectural design in Europe conference (eCAADe) [online], volume 1, 22-26 August 2016, Oulu, Finland. Oulu: eCAADe/University of Oulu, pages 241-249. Available from http://papers.cumincad.org/cgi-bin/works/paper/ecaade2016_208
The paper investigates the usability and effect of a ubiquitous digital repository in the architectural design process. Acknowledging the post-digital era where students work with diverse media either digital or analogue, the project explores the suitability of a digital log in augmenting conceptual thinking, feedback provision and intellectual exchange by means of a studio in an architectural undergraduate course. Students integrate a digital log into their workflow resolving a design task of an architectural studio. A server-based repository serves as students' individual archive as well as a share-point for peer-students' informal exchange and tutors' feedback. The conclusion of the study is that sketching and organization habits from the analog media the students have learned persist even with a more digitally inclined generation. The use of digital tools that obliterate the analog-digital division, holding the best of both worlds are still subject to the constraints of timely introduction in the curriculum, cultural resistance in terms of organization of a project and more so void of experimentation in their use by students.