Map This-Design with Data Shenkar College Students Work


A multi-disciplinary course at Shenkar college with Emma Margarita Ernest

"One could describe design as a plan for arranging elements to accomplish a particular purpose” Charles Eames.

With an increase in urban population, new challenges are presented and raise fundamental questions regarding the city's users and their needs for a functional urban eco system. City services including transportation, pollution, employment, etc., provide technical information for these systems and lack reference between how the user interacts with the physical urban space.

The studio is offered for third year students and teaches them to formulate a concept and access information through visual tools and analytical aspects of a small urban environment. Students work on field research using various software and digital equipment.

Information is then obtained using mapping methods and parametric design. This combined with architectural methods, human design, and multidisciplinary departments allows the students to find a way to reduce the gap between the physical design and the ideal design use. The purpose of the course is to develop and design an additional layer on the physical space that addresses the needs and uses of the city as well as the user which will enhance the overall design.

work process: 1. The student experiments in field research through mapping and documentation. 2. The student experiments with processing information and formulating a position. 3. The student develops an outline for research in design and engineering based on analytical inquiry.

The course is divided into two parts: lectures and discussions and then work group activities.

The content of the course teaches the student to develop a concept and use information as a design tool. The first part includes methods for mapping informa