Situating environmental design in the studio: an ecological learning approach
Martinez, Ricardo A. (2011) Situating environmental design in the studio: an ecological learning approach. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This work explores the problem of implementation of environmental design in architectural training. This problem has been identified as a disconnection between the delivery of information by lecturing, and the application of that information in the studio. The essential nature of students in that view is passive, and their task is to correctly apply information developed by others. This work pursues the idea that 'environmental knowledge' can be grown from within the conversational nature of the design process based on the active nature of the student. The main contribution is the proposal of an ecological approach to learning, in which the whole person of the learner is deeply engaged with his learning environment.
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