By: Fariha Tahseen
Project Architect & Thesis Co-Supervisor
NED University Karachi
‘Aiming for Flow; Enhancing learning and creativity in architecture studio’, a weeklong workshop was conducted at Department of Architecture and Planning NED University Karachi with sponsorship from Higher Education Commission (HEC). The workshop was organized by Prof. Dr. Noman Ahmed and Fariha Tahseen for the final year students working on their thesis projects. Workshop Instructor Carlos Marquez, Senior Lecturer from School of Art and Architecture, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom came to Pakistan for the first time to share an experiential journey of learning aiming for a productive exploration, Not for ‘Performance’ but for ‘Learning’…
‘The workshop pursued to motivate, encourage, help and support the students to explore and define their journey, moving away from a performance oriented towards a deeper learning experience’ aimedand shared by Marquez.
Concept derivation from research findings leading towards process based architectural design solutions was the focus of this workshop. The translation of words and ideas into physical form through graphic thinking as communication process was emphasized with exploratory open ended thinking through careful record of developmental sketches and conceptual 3D models. The product and outcome was interesting regarding understanding the spatial quality with a conscious integration of built environment with design solutions.
The conceptual and analytical thinking enabled for a visionary approach to translate project design research into physical outcomes as architectural design for the tangible benefits of ultimate user. ‘Overall it has been an incredible journey ‘Learning’ not’ Performing’! Exploring ideas and translating them into spaces has opened up new dimensions. The process of developing a series of models has helped in understanding of the specific spatial quality of spaces’ workshop experience shared by a student of final year.