Derivative Design Configurations – Architectural Design Methodology

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Muhammad WAQAS O. Khel , Iftikhar Ali (Corresponding Author)


The Architectural Design process is an ever-evolving phenomenon. The ongoing development that encompasses Formal, Functional & Material exploration of temporal sets of realities is established in the form of tangible examples (Precedents). These Precedents set the basis for further study and thus referential solutions are sought for increased relevance and performance. Precedent-based Design studio teaching and learning is the most effective and popular system of conducting architecture studio. The Derivative Design Configurations – as a design process, is to evolve alternate design solutions by revisiting and relocating existing spatial design compositions.

Methodology for this Precedent-based inductive exploration in Design Studio teaching consists of three principal parts; Deciphering architectural handling, Fragmentation of spatial components, and finally Defragmentation & re-composition of the design constituents to come up with multiple iterations. The iterations will potentially generate a variety of spatial arrangements leading to inventive, ingenious, and unexpected spatial compositions.

This paper focuses on developing a method for analyzing the Precedents to extract knowledge for engendering innovative architectural design processes in the context of Architectural Design Studio for the students in the 2nd year. The modus will train learners on how to evolve design solutions by appreciating precedents’ existing design and exploring further the potential of architecture precedents.

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