Design II: Foundation

Instructors: Ulrich Dangel, Elizabeth Danze, Joyce Rosner


The main topic of this semester is ENSEMBLE, where all the parts of an object are considered individually and separately, but also in relation to others and the new whole they create. This is a form of Gestalt where parts and wholes are in dynamic, generative relation. In architecture and interior design, it is essential to be sensitive not only to objects and forms but also to how they:

  • Relate to one another,
  • Create specific qualities of spaces between them,
  • Create spaces and forms that invite human interaction,
  • Influence the environment surrounding and interacting with them,
  • Establish layers of material that compose them,
  • Form spaces that we inhabit within and between them,
  • Create transitional spaces, and form a sequence or procession of these spaces.


This concept can be addressed at many different scales, from the smallest detail or connection that links one element to another and becomes the piece that allows that transition to occur, to the materials that enhance or respond to qualities of spaces and its physical structure. The notion of ensemble also speaks to the space or elements between inside and outside, to the space between two or more objects or forms, to the immediate site, and finally to the larger site or environment beyond. Exploring the idea of ensemble through design requires a synthesis of technical, conceptual, ethical, and critical thinking. How do we use design to relate multiple scales of objects, spaces, people, programs, materials, other living things, and environments to each other to positively generate and affect the whole?
 

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