Approaches to interdependency: early design exploration across architectural and engineering domains

Nicholas, P 2008, Approaches to interdependency: early design exploration across architectural and engineering domains, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Architecture and Design, RMIT University.


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Title Approaches to interdependency: early design exploration across architectural and engineering domains
Author(s) Nicholas, P
Year 2008
Abstract While 3D digital design tools have extended the reach of architectural and engineering designers within their own domains, an approach to practice whereby the architect designs (synthesises), the engineer solves (analyses) and the fabricator makes – in that order –have limited the opportunities for the two disciplines to collaborate during the early design phase. While it is suggested that 3D
digital design tools can facilitate a more integrated approach to early design exploration, this idea remains largely untested in practice.

My research considers the extent to which the 3D digital environment might offer different modes of interaction, and potentially new forms of interdependent working, between architectural and engineering designers. My central proposition is that the 3D digital environment can enable interdependent approaches to design which intersect crucial aspects of architectural and engineering exploration during the early design phase which, before the entry of the computer, were otherwise impossible to affect.

A framework for the enquiry is developed firstly through selected organisation theory and design literature and secondly with information gathered from experts in the field via interview. The proposition has been tested through practice-based projects undertaken during a three year postgraduate internship within the Melbourne Australia office of the engineering consultancy Arup. Exploring this problem within the constraints and possibilities of live practice, a ‘living laboratory’, represents a key contribution of the thesis.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Keyword(s) Architecture and techology
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