In order to propose a conscious and empathetic design in an environment placed so far away from the ‘known’, an extensive analysis that encases different scales and fields needs to be conducted. Problem Based Approach The departure point of the project is outlined by using the method concerning problem based learning by highlighting the hypothetical problem of adaptation and integration. By means of research, analysis and testing the programme of the proposal has been outlined. In this sense, a SWOT [Strong/ Weak/ Opportunities/ Threats] analysis has been conducted, from which, based on a phenomenological understanding of the environment and the society, the potential of the given site has been assessed. Therefore, the problem has been formulated as a discontinuity between the traditional and the postcolonial Inuit society, which strives to shape their own future [Sejersen, 2015]. Process The Integrated Design Process phases as enunciated by Knudstrup : problem phase, analysis phase, sketch phase, synthesis phase and presentation phase are an accurate narrative of the mechanism of developing an architectural proposal. However, the operation lacks
the interplay between analysis, synthesis and evaluation, highlighted in Lawson’s writing on How Designers Think. This particular negotiation is for our project essential, as the chosen social and natural context are different to what we perceive as ‘ordinary’. Therefore, within our process, a constant iteration between Knudstrup’s first four stages of design is stressed, as it has been essential for us to propose a informed sustainable design that is contextual in terms of architectural intention, conscious in terms of environmental considerations, and nonetheless iconic. By using the Municipal plan that considers the erection of a National Gallery of Art as a point of departure, and by analyzing the existing environment, alterations to the initial brief have been made in order to accommodate our findings. Hence, a new program has been made. The program includes the framework for the architectural intention of the Art Hub, as well as the spatial requirements for the rooms housed in the venue. The draft phase includes a series of working loops synthesized in a way in which the programmed aesthetic, technical, functional and sustainable qualities are met. The final design is completed during the presentation phase, with presentation of the final design
through pictures, diagrams, texts and calculations in order to attest the accuracy of the group‘s proposal. The information about the design shall be included in a booklet, taking the reader through the design process, as well as present him/ her with the finalized proposal. Sewing Architecture and Engineering Integrated design implies the interweaving of multiple aspects that consider both the architectural expression as well as technical requirements. Following this consideration, these aspects are incorporated in the final solution. The method is a fusion between problembased learning and professional knowledge, from both architectural and engineering fields, with an emphasis on social and environmental sustainability, achieved in a tectonic manner. Moe [2008, p.6] defines integrated design as a intertwining between a building’s spatial, construction, energy and system logics which inform the final design. This approach depicts upon a looping process of constant optimization through iterations.
Architecture and Design Master's Thesis Proposal