Install: Understanding, Consilience, and Communication

By Román Montoto.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Communicative technique and variation allow designers to strategically explore ideas and develop conceptualizations that define processes for architectural design. Exercising disciplinary diversity in the design process allows for fluid expressions and translations of ideas from instance to instance.

“…it revalues the role of deeply rooted intuition, of imagination, of sensitivity, and of the body in the transmission knowledge”. (Nicolescu 1999)

Architectural design integrates a wide range of disciplines, from graphic design to structural engineering, from information technology to social sciences, etc. Designers must develop sensibilities for instinctively filtering information, situation, and circumstance through multiple disciplinary dynamics, strategizing through conceptualization, iteration, and communication, and developing techniques for re-framing questions or problems as it is being solved. Bruce Mau’s book “Massive Change” refers to issues affecting our environment as a series of ‘economies’; trans-disciplinary mechanisms for evaluating various conditions, situations, and, in this case, functions for creating sustainable environments, movements, materials, etc.

Does incorporating variation in purpose and intention of design instance instill clarity for reasoning, perceiving, and operating in a trans-disciplinary dynamic?

This abstract proposes to disseminate previous and new theoretical approaches to these stages of an architectural pre-thesis seminar, as well as student results, within the framework of developing disciplinary awareness and agility through topics of Modern Concepts, Massive Change, and trans-disciplinary exercise for time-based imagery, art installation, and architectural design.

Keywords: Art Installation, Architecture, Trans-disciplinary

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.187-196. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.433MB).

Román Montoto

Assistant Professor of Architecture, Department of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA

Assistant professor Román Montoto studied art history and criticism before pursuing the field of architecture at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee U.S. where he obtained Master of Architecture degree in coincidence with architectural practice. Upon completion of studies, he ventured to the city of Chicago in pursuance of a career in architectural practice. After several years in practice, an invitation to instruct an architectural design studio at UW-Milwaukee was extended to him which he did for one year. This exposure to potentialities in creative and pedagogical research for design as part of academia catalyzed a shift of career path to an academic setting and his current position as an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Idaho. He currently is researching pedagogical approaches to the architectural design studio with trans-disciplinary, digital design/fabrication techniques, and generative/information design as his focus, dissemination of which includes academic writings, presentations, and creative works such as design competitions and short films.


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