A practical approach to design of structures: a learning experiment through research, design and physical modelling
Piroozfar, A.E. and Popovic Larsen, O. (2005) A practical approach to design of structures: a learning experiment through research, design and physical modelling In: Proceedings of IASS Symposium 2005 (International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures). IASS, Bucharest, Romania.
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This paper is prepared based on a workshop experience in which over one hundred first year students were involved. The process of education for the first year students is somehow controversial because on their side there is a lack of fundamental knowledge of building sciences, on one hand and on the other hand there is a need for getting them prepared for their further educational stages which makes it quite complicated. Having a general look at this process and trying to establish a rather conscious approach towards the problem, this paper is invigorated with a real experience of an architectural module which specifically targets the most critical aspects of architectural education – preparing the basis for grasping the empirical knowledge of building.
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