Spatial Design

Fall 2017

Instructor - Iuliana Gherghescu / moc.oohay|ucsehgrehg_anailui#moc.oohay|ucsehgrehg_anailui

Credits - 4 ECTS

Course Prerequisites

• 2D and 3D rendering/illustration basic skills;
• Basic skills in computer-aided design software;
• Freehand drawing skills;
• Creative thinking;

Course Description

This course aims at guiding the students through the spatial design concepts, based on revealing a wide array of stylistic and compositional challenges. The focus in on identifying and examining design ideas through research of visual material and text analysis. The concept work matures into its final expression through the completion of drafting and rendering assignments. It will explore physical and virtual spaces and their manifestations, their relationships to individuals, objects and different entities; the philosophy and thinking behind designing a space.
This specialization focuses on space, the relationship between the body and space, form and structure, and also on the objects present in a certain space. The student develops their ability to identify and improve existing space and work with new space.
The work with spatial design is conducted using the provided methods and processes, which results in new questions and articulated proposals. Meaning that the relationships between body, object, and space are renegotiated and that questions are posed as to how these new relationships change conditions for individual, group and the purpose of an artistic performance.

+++ Course Objectives

Students in this course will:
• Be taken through all the design step necessary for building a concept taking aesthetics, subjective, social, environmental and other societal perspectives into consideration.
• Engage with innovative and creative technologies
• Apply the principles of design to two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects;
• Develope theoretical and methodological skills to analyze and evaluate design objects and design processes, and the relations between them
• Be able to participate in interdisciplinary design teams and initiate, manage projects involving social analyses of design and design processes
• Develop skills required for graphic communication necessary for success in the design curriculum;
• Be able to communicate design idea in a graphically clear and effective manner

Upon successful completion of the course, the student shall be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the design field, and demonstrate familiarity with theories, approaches, methods, techniques, and processes for dealing with complex phenomena, issues, and situations relevant to the design field.
- demonstrate an ability to independently and creatively formulate new questions and contribute to the development of knowledge, approach complex issues, develop new and relevant means of work and expression, and reflect critically on their own and other people’s artistic approaches within their main field of study,
– demonstrate an ability to formulate well‐designed and well‐formulated design proposals which are
relevant to the situation and context

Course Structure

This course will be comprised of 14 weekly classes, 4 small assignments, and 1 final project.The first semester includes an introduction to the program, the subject, and all its constituent parts, as well as a broadening of the perspectives on the subject and the profession. The goal is to further develop critical, analytical and artistic approaches.
Teaching and working methods: Lectures, group work, exercises and student presentations

Course requirements

…Course requirements include small weekly projects (studies), a project proposal, and a final project & full critique presented to the class.

  • Attendance and participation

Students must attend all classes. Maximum five absences will be allowed during the semester. After the fifth absence, the final grade will be lowered by 25% per absence. If extreme circumstances necessitate an absence, students must get the notes and assignments from a classmate and are responsible for making up all missed work.

Final project (40%):
Requires you to create a design framework and approach for a spatial design project oriented towards any type of designed space (space for performance, film, animation virtual or physicals space, exhibition, public or commercials spaces, art spaces, installations etc) based on a theme chosen by the student. The students are encouraged to collaborate with their peers from other specializations on the final project to tell stories in visual and spatial terms.The program advances skills of interpretation, awareness, and observation that support creative storytelling.
The final project will be presented in class as a final semester showcase, each student will present his work in front of an audience. The final project will include a written statement and concept, digital images, printed visuals and models (depending on the theme).

// Readings//

Birringer Johannes Performance, technology, science, New York: PAJ Publications, 2008;
Aronson A. The Power of Space in a Virtual World in Performance Design
Butterworth, P McKinney, J The Cambridge Introduction to Scenography, Cambridge University Press (December 21, 2009);
Collins, J., Nisbet, A. Theatre and performance design: A reader in scenography, Routledge, 2010;
Crowe, N, Laseau, P. Visual Notes for Architects and Designers, Ed: Wiley; 2 ed, November 2011;
Dixon, Steve Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance
Art, and Installation, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2007;
Dziekan, V. Virtuality and the Art of Exhibition, Intellect Ltd (April 15, 2012)
Exner,U, Pressel, D. Basics Spatial Design, Birkhäuser Architecture; 1 ed, 2008;
Francis D. K. Ching Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Wiley; 4 edition (September 29, 2014);
Jormaka, K Design Methods, Publisher Birkhäuser, 2008;
Kaye Nick Site Specific art-performance, place and documentation, Routledge, 2000;
Klanten, Robert Staging Space: Scenic Interiors and Spatial Experiences, Die Gestalten Verlag; 2010;
Klobe, T. Exhibitions: Concept, Planning and Design, American Alliance of Museums (April 20, 2012);
Kopec, Dak Environmental Psychology for Design, Fairchild Books; 2 edition (February 29, 2012);
Kossmann.dejong Engaging Spaces, Frame Publishers (November 9, 2010);
Laseau, P. Freehand Sketching, W. W. Norton & Company (January 17, 2004)
McAuley, Gay Space in Performance: Making Meaning in the Theatre, University of Michigan Press (December 8, 2000);
Oddey, A, White C. The potentials of spaces: the theory and practice of scenography and performance, Chicago: Intellect ltd, 2006;
Shield, Rob, The Virtual, London: Routledge, 2003;
Skolnick,l. Lorenc,J. Berger, C What is Exhibition Design? RotoVision (August 30, 2007);
Walker, S. Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice, Routledge (September 3, 2006);
Yelavich,S , Adams, B Design as Future-Making, Bloomsbury Academic (November 20, 2014);


Class Schedule

This schedule is subject to change depending on the interests and pace of the class.

Week 1 (13 Oct)
1.Introduction to space and culture - lecture
Topics:
- Relationship between space and culture
- The influence of culture on spatial design.
- Type of spaces
- The concept of space and how one can use space
- Space and body
Assignment 1 (due before the following class): Identifying 3 historical/local places and their stories from a certain city. Presentation and ways to reconfigure these places.
Recommended readings:

Week 2
2. Performative art spaces - lecture
Topics:
- What are performative spaces and their particularities
- How space becomes a performative space
Assignment 2 (due before the following class): Identifying 3 historical/local places and their stories from a certain city - How they can be turned into performative art spaces. Ideas and Discussion

Recommended readings:

Week 3
3. Design theory - lecture
Topics:
- What is design? What is for?
- Brief history of design
- Categories of design
- Design= art + science
- Design thinking

Recommended readings:
Aronson A. The Power of Space in a Virtual World in Performance Design ;
Dixon, Steve Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance
Art, and Installation, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2007
Kaye Nick Site Specific art-performance, place and documentation, Routledge, 2000;
Collins, J., Nisbet, A. Theatre and performance design: A reader in scenography, Routledge, 2010;
McAuley, Gay Space in Performance: Making Meaning in the Theatre, University of Michigan Press (December 8, 2000)
Oddey, A, White C. The potentials of spaces: the theory and practice of scenography and performance, Chicago: Intellect ltd, 2006;
Paul Allain, Jen Harvie Ghidul Routledge de teatru şi performance, Nemira, 2012
Suderberg, E Space, Site, Intervention : Situating Installation Art, University of Minnesota Press, 2000

Week 4
4. Identity of Space- lecture
Topics:
- Stories, themes, and meaning.
- Space in visual arts
- Transformations in time
- Form and function

Recommended readings:

Week 5
5. Freehand drawing and color theory for environment design
Topics:
- Explore the use of colour
- Introduction to freehand drawing techniques for space
- Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
- Produce drawings to represent and communicate the concept
- Workshop- in class drawing

Assignment 3(due before the end of the semester) Sketchbook - You may draw anything you like, from life or from photos, video, using any medium.

Recommended readings:

Week 6
6. Drafting, geometry, and perspective
Topics:
- Introduction to perspective drawing
- The techniques, methods, principles of technical drawing
- Produce technical drawings
- Drafting software

Recommended readings:

Week 7
7.3D Rendering techniques
Topics:
- Software presentation
- Design and modeling principles of 3D objects, environments, and visualization
- Produce computer-aided drawings
Assignment 4 (due before the following class) 2 simple sketches using 3d rendering techniques (any software)

Recommended readings:

Week 8
8. Concept and spatial composition
Topics :
- Spatial Composition theory
- Materiality, light, and sound
- Structure,atmosphere,impact
Assignment -Final Project: Start working on semester final project- presentation of ideas, discussions, proposals, starting research.

Recommended readings:

Week 9
9. Spatial design in contemporary art
Topics:
- The role of space in contemporary art
- Identifying and analyzing different contemporary spaces
- The connection between art and space
- How space can become a form of art

Recommended readings:

Week 10
10. Virtual and immersive spaces - lecture
Topics:
- Virtual spaces - introduction to VR and AR
- What is an immersive space
- Designing virtuals spaces
- Connecting physicals space and virtual space
- Interactive spaces

Recommended readings:

Week 11
11. Interdisciplinarity - short presentation
Topics:
- Discovering other fields of interest for spatial designers
- Discussions on the final project
- In class - working for the final project

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Week 12
12. Sustainability in spatial design - short presentation
Topics:
- Design for Sustainable Development
- Methods and design approaches for sustainable projects
- Designing on a low budget
- Discussions on the final project
- In class - working for the final project

Recommended readings:

Week 13
13. The design process: concept and devising
Topics:
- Analysing the brief
- Elaborating a concept
- Presenting all the steps of implementing a project
- Research - learn to gather and analyze information related to the concept and subject and apply it to design.
- Budgeting
- Exploring and choosing the proper approach and technologies for each type of project
- Problem solving

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Week 14
14. Research in spatial design - short presentation
Topics:
- Research in spatial design
- Evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry or context
- Experimental approaches
- Innovations in the field of design and developing new design strategies
- Explorations and critical reflections
- Review and final notes on the semester project

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Final (20 Jan): Final Project Presentations.


+++ Qualitative Grading Overview

Each student will be judged on :
• Participation in course activities
• Completing 2/3 of assignments;
• Active discussions and personal input;
• Originality, research, conceptual thinking;
• Progress and self-challenge;
• Quality and amount of work ;

Grading
• Assignment1 -10%
• Assignment2 -10%
• Assignment3 -15%
• Assignment4 -20%
• Final semester project - 40%
• Participation in course activities - 5%

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