1:1 (dis)section: Learning through full-scale dissection and transformations of abandoned buildings

Mo Michelsen Stochholm Krag, Tina Bering Keiding

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review


The section is an essential tool for understanding, exploring, representing and communicating spatial relations, structure and materiality in architecture, design and engineering and therefore a reoccurring topic in the curricula. The section itself is destructive of nature and incompatible with a built environment in use or under construction. Hence, students throughout their education meet the section in the form of diagrammatic representations, i.e. as forms of meaning emptied from scale, spatiality and materiality.
This paper reports on a series of four workshops, held in the spring semester from 2011 to 2014 for first-year students at [INSTITUTION]. The aim was to provide first-year students with an experience of the relation between the section as a diagrammatic representation and the materiality, structure and spatial relations of a concrete building. The climax of each workshop was a full-scale dissection and transformation of an abandoned house. As we shall see, the workshops fulfilled not only the intended learning goals, but created an initially unforeseen and unique context for learning about the relations between building and place and introduced the question regarding depopulation of rural areas as a pertinent processional challenge. Beyond an educational value, the research project ‘Transformation on abandonment, a new critical practice?’ transpired from the workshops. This research project and the interplay between teaching and research are discussed in the last part of the article.
ArtikelnummerArticle ID: JADE12184
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Art & Design Education
Sider (fra-til)1-19
Antal sider19
StatusUdgivet - 26 sep. 2018

Kunstnerisk udviklingsvirksomhed (KUV)

  • Nej