CumInCAD is a Cumulative Index about publications in Computer Aided Architectural Design supported by the sibling associations ACADIA, CAADRIA, eCAADe, SIGraDi, ASCAAD and CAAD futures
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From overall curriculum planning to specific exercises, language
study provides a model for building a learner-centered education.
Educating students about the learning process, such as the variety
of metacognitive, cognitive and social/affective strategies can
improve learning. At an introductory level, providing a conceptual
framework and enhancing resource-finding, brainstorming and
coping abilities can lead to threshold competence. Using
kit-of-parts problems helps students to focus on technique and
content in successive steps, with mimetic and generative work
appealing to different learning styles.
Practicing learning strategies on realistic projects hones the ability to connect concepts to actual situations,
drawing on resource-usage, task management, and problem management skills. Including collaborative
aspects in these projects provides the motivation of a real audience and while linking academic study to
practical concerns. Examples from architectural education illustrate how the approach can be implemented.
With the recent introduction of computer graphics, much
attention has been given to the representation of
architecture. Floor plans and elevations have remained
relatively unchanged, while digital animation and
photorealistic renderings have become exciting new means
of representation. A problem with the majority of this work
and especially photorealistic rendering is that it represents
the building as a image and concentrates on how a building
looks as opposed to how it works. Often times this "look" is
artificial, expressing the incapacity of programs (or their users) to represent the complexities
of materials, lighting, and perspective. By using digital representation in a descriptive, less
realistic way, one can explore the rich complexities and interrelationships of architecture.
Instead of representing architecture as a finished product, it is possible to represent the
ideas and concepts of the project.
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