— Understanding Structures Through the Development of Digital & Physical Skills —

Sustainable Joints & Connections.

Balancing Type and Use of Skills.

> Designed for Level 4 UG students studying architecture, interior design, and urban landscape with limited prior understanding of three-dimensional forms and the processes for developing and communicating experimental yet purposeful structures for intervention within an urban environment.

> My approach to designing artefacts enabled the students and professionals to call on various skills to convey their ideas to third parties by using a variety of different media whilst gaining an understanding and testing of the performance of different materials as well as iterative/non-linear processes in playful experimentation and analysis.

Technical Drawing.
Manipulating Available Materials & Objects.
Testing Scale.

Experimental Connections.

Hybrid Drawing.

> This studio course was part of a new programme in 'Sustainable Urban Artefacts'. The studio investigated the processes of manufacturing and testing in relation to urban social and environmental challenges and tensions. It was designed to switch between human and urban scales, incorporating experimental design while developing critical thinking and manufacturing abilities.

Creating New Materials.
New Flexible Formations.
Testing Flexible Formations.

Creating New Materials.
New Flexible Formations.


> The studio/module's pedagogical model involved students to work continuously in groups on a series of tasks, with teaching and tutorials provided twice a week. Each group focused on a specific site/location for intervention and transformation, with the goal of encouraging students to engage in discussion with digital tools, end users, stakeholders, and peers. It comprised of a research-led component (I) and the creation of a strategic design concept for the site (II). The studio module ran concurrently with a theoretical course: part (I) built synergies with a course on architectural theories and design methods, while part (II) focused on the creation of urban artefacts and structures using physical and digital skills.

Scale Model.
1:1 Prototype.

Public Exhibition.

Public Display (1:1 Prototype).

Public Display (1:1 Prototype).
Public Display (1:1 Prototype).

Organisation + [Credits]
Ravensbourne University London, [Idrees Rasouli]

Role + [Team Size]
Studio/Module & Course Leader, [6]

Date + [Duration of Involvement]
2015-19, [3 months per year]

Funder + [Project Location]
Institutional, [London, UK]

Status + [Project Type]
Unit, [Structures]

Brief + [Challenge]
New Advancements in Structure Design, [New Structural and Constructional Principles]

Collaborators [Tutors]
Unit Team [Kristoffer Mitchell, Malachy McAleer, Era Savvides, Jason Taylor, Graham Stretton]

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