Activity Based Basic Design Tasks

Basic design studio is offered as a foundation course in architectural education so as to foster creativity, thinking skills etc. Basic design tasks are broadly based on progressive evolution of forms, license of borrowing from other arts and deconstruction or decomposition. With an intention to facilitate the novices to explore ‘design thinking’ intangibly, an activity was framed in association with the intended design task. A series of tasks and activities were formulated based on the principles of constructivism. The degree of complexity increased from once task to the other. The students documented the design process systematically. The emergent outcomes displayed development in both the soft as well as the hard skills among the students. This approach has been observed to be a direction to facilitate constructivism in a basic design studio.