the best environment for design thinking
a question indirectly posed to me by sam kronick one late lasercuttery night, and one that i am starting to rethink this semester:
is studio really the best-designed environment for design?
what makes doing your design work in studio better than, say, in your nicely-decorated dorm room? or the buzzy woodshop? or one big round table with lots of seats? or smaller, more focused conference-esque rooms?
at MIT, maybe it’s those rolling pin-uppy dividers that make it so conducive to sharing ideas. i love walking around and admiring other people’s creativity when i’m stuck. or maybe it’s the communalness of it all — our generous materials sharing [/mild pilfering] habits, the food table, the fridge… or the expectation for course 4 kids to always be in studio creates an automatic sense of gathering and livability, and it becomes comforting to know that there will always be someone there if you need inspiration.
here at DIS, it’s been a little different. our project is an exhibition space in Rundetårn [the round tower], and the smaller scale makes me feel closer to my project, knowing that what i design coulllld potentially be constructed. interior architecture itself claims to ‘solve the meeting between architecture + individuals!’, and seems to be more about a story and some kind of feel-good humanistic journey. and i think that’s what i love most — creating the narrative, the back story behind an experience.
but i don’t spend half as much time sitting in studio in denmark, and i wonder why. even though there are similar amounts of design thinking to be done this semester [notice i did not say work, because that to me is all too wrapped up in the idea of production], i don’t feel as inspired at my desk. instead, i feel inspired when i am walking around copenhagen, at museum exhibits, at the black diamond, the danish architecture center.
(i guess i didnt really answer the first question, but here’s another question anyway…one that might be worm-canny)
why is it that ‘studio’ disappears after college and grad school? why is there not more of a studio culture in professional architecture firms? why oh why is the education so different from the profession?
archibabble updates from michelle + jon’s ‘This Week in AD and CPH!’:
last week: liminal spatial exchange.
this week: replace the word effect with Affect to achieve more active presences in your building; be sure to over-pronounce/capitalize the A (depending on if the term is being spoken or written).
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