The culmination of the semester is an exercise in tackling a design problem which requires the use of all the skills and abilities the students have developed by then. It is an introduction to the design process, addressing aspects from conceptualization and conducting research to put together different kinds of case studies, to articulating a design intent and following through on it. The focus is on the ability to understand the programme, respond logically to a given site and climatic conditions, taking into account adjacencies and space organization and deriving dimensions by making use of principles of anthropometry and ergonomics, and proposing final layout of the design.
The students make choices in the presentation of the proposal, using appropriately plans, sections, elevations, drawings of detail and models at diff erent scales and adding supporting text to make their intention clear.
The process and final outcomes are discussed with external experts in a jury which is also the students’ opportunity to listen to responses to their work off ered by design professionals.