|Title||Precedents reconceived: Urban design learning catalysed through data rich 3-D digital models|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Senbel, M, Girling, C, White, JT, Kellett, R, Chan, PF|
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.