We have forgotten what it means to engage in dialogue, a vital skill that seems to be missing in our shared social framework. The notion that winning a debate is achieved through proving one wrong, restricts our mind's potential for alternate ways of thinking. According to Socrates, one must in fact lose a debate to win.
My design thesis stems from this Socratic method of dialogue, reframing the idea of arguing to win into arguing to learn. Taking inspiration from the harmony and unity of ancient Greek and Roman theatres the central auditorium will act as a world within worlds, where educational, recreational and collaborative events take place as well as providing the students of Nottingham with an inspiring environment to study and learn.
The façade intermediates the architecture with the tranquillity of Nottingham's meadow lane lock through its transparency and dislocation of interior elements onto the façade.
The BArch (Hons) in Architecture course is focused on the creative and practical development of architectural design, investigated in a studio environment through a series of carefully considered practical and theoretical projects in a variety of spatial, social, cultural and topographical situations.
The purpose of the course is to align architectural concepts, thinking, techniques and values with current architectural thought and practice. It involves strategic thinking and creative imagination; problem-solving and research tasks; attention to detail and tectonic resolution; traditional and digital forms of representation; and public presentations and reviews. This course addresses the challenges of designing for diverse communities and cultures and develops Part 1 graduates with creative vision, practical skills and an ethical position in respect of the role of the architect in a globalised world.
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