Integrating Responsive and Kinetic Systems in the Design
Studio: A Pedagogical Framework
Sherif Abdelmohsen1, Passaint Massoud2
1The American University in Cairo (AUC), Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
2The American University in Cairo (AUC), Cairo, Egypt
Responsive architecture is one of the growing areas of computational design that is not getting adequate attention in CAAD curricula. A pedagogical approach to designing responsive systems requires more than the typical knowledge, tools or skill sets in architectural design studios. This paper by Sherif Abdelmohsen and Passaint Massoud, presents a framework for integrating responsive and kinetic systems in the architectural design studio.
The framework builds on findings of two design studios conducted at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. In both studios, students were asked to design elements of responsive architecture that work towards the development of their projects.
The paper demonstrates the process and outcomes of both studios. It then demonstrates how concepts of integrated project delivery are incorporated to propose a framework that engages students in designing, fabricating and operating responsive systems in different phases of the design process. A discussion follows regarding dynamics of design studio in light of the proposed framework.