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Wicked deliberations: research and design studios

G Missingham, RH Crawford (ed.), A Stephan (ed.)

49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association | The Architectural Science Association and The University of Melbourne | Published : 2015


The paper discusses a graduate architectural design studio emphasizing designing as a research practice. Students chose their own Wicked Problems. They were initially supposed to employ their usual design approach, one suggested by the problem and one “at right angles” to those, then to determine a preferred approach, chosen or hybrid. Finally, they were to present argued recommendations in report form to a hypothetical committee interested in those recommendations and any rejected experiments. Thereafter a summary of relations between projects and theory in PhD design research, studio problems, projects and research methods from the three years’ running of the studio are discussed. Projects..

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