Saturday, June 11, 2005

Design Build Studio terms defined


civic engagement:
social and educational exchange between members of society

Charrette: an intense and concentrated collaborative design session utilising community input to define the goals of a community design project

community: a group of people who are socially interdependent, who participate together in discussion and decision-making, and who share certain practices that define the community

community design centre (CDC):
a non-profit organisation that enables communities to increase their influence, control, ownership and management of community design and development activities.

design-build (DB):
There are two distinct definitions for design-build, one in Practice and one in Academia. It is important to differentiate between the two:

DB in Architectural Education is defined as the interrelation of conceptual ideas with project fabrication assembly. During this process, ideas are revealed through the process of making. DB is sometimes performed through team efforts or individual exploration depending on the lead professor’s project interest and learning objectives.

DB in Architectural Practice is defined as a contractual relationship between an owner and an entity that offers both design and construction services, which often saves the owner money and produces completed buildings at a faster pace than the typical architect/contractor paradigm.

design-build studio (DBS):
A university course in which students build selected designs, typically for a community. Collaboration, conflict resolution, finance management and communication with clients are common and necessary elements of these courses. (Emerged in North America in the 1970s and are presently active)

live project (LP):
A university course that incorporates actual practice-based methods into an educational environment for clear learning outcomes. (Prevalent in Great Britain in the 1960s and 70s)

service: an act of benefit to society or a specific community

service learning:
courses and studios that provide an enriched educational experience for students through community-based projects

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