Building Complexity: Local Natural Systems and Global Principles

By Beth Weinstein and Christopher Domin.

Published by The Design Collection

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

The education of an architect at the University of Arizona begins with the
establishment of a clear and durable set of principles that encourages
regional intelligence and an understanding of our place in a global context.
Focusing on the “natural” — as dynamic, inherently ordered and responding to
the seasonal flux — allows students to haptically engage our desert biome
through iterative and empirically based exercises. These beginning
explorations intertwine an understanding of light, material,
structure and enclosure with scale relationships that are both near and far;
the body provides an ever-present unit of measure and a vehicle for sensory
tuning of materially based design operations.

Keywords: Pedagogy, Foundation, Principles, Beginning, Modularity, Haptic, Regional, Nature, Desert

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.499-510. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.251MB).

Beth Weinstein

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Asst. Prof. Beth Weinstein co-developed and taught the foundation year architecture studio, with an interest in connecting projection drawing to regionally informed material and assembly logics. Weinstein teaches design studios at various levels, and, in particular, comprehensive design studio and the related building systems integration and enclosure technology courses. She writes extensively about architecture in relation to choreography and performance.

Christopher Domin

Associate Professor, School of Architecture, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Assoc. Prof. Christopher Domin co-developed the foundation year architecture curriculum at the University of Arizona with an interest in analytical drawing, material explorations and regionally informed technologies. Domin teaches design studios along with theory/history seminars and is Chair of the Master of Architecture Program. He has written and lectured extensively on the regionally informed architecture of Paul Rudolph and situated building in the American Southwest.


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