Precedents reconceived: Urban design learning catalysed through data rich 3-D digital models

TitlePrecedents reconceived: Urban design learning catalysed through data rich 3-D digital models
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSenbel, M, Girling, C, White, JT, Kellett, R, Chan, PF
JournalDesign Studies
Volume34
Pagination74–92
Abstract

Design students are increasingly seeking precedent information through web-based digital archives of design cases. Little is known, however, about the use, relative merits or opportunities of digital cases as a knowledge source for design students. This paper uses a study of web-based urban design reference tools to examine new opportunities for using precedents in urban design. The research includes focus groups, content analysis of student work and an auto-ethnography by one of the authors to examine student use of the reference tools in 3 urban design studios in planning and landscape architecture. Students used 3-D digital models of precedents to review, replicate, revise, reshape and recreate elements of urban design in an environment of accelerated learning.