Architecture at the Edge of Practice: A Pedagogical Approach to Social Architectural Education

Apr 06, 2015

This paper explores critical reflections on students’ and tutors’ experiences working in rural communities in South-East Nigeria through an action-learning (AL) approach as a part of Integrated Design Studio (IDS) model in Imo State University, Owerri-Nigeria. IDM is a form of live project model; the idea of this model is predicated on the philosophy and objective of the University’s department of architecture to produce future architects capable of understanding societal need for shelter and translating this need into climatologically appropriate environments to satisfy the social, cultural, and economic aspirations of society in the local, national, and regional context.

keywords: Pedagogy, Practice, Resilient, Social Practice, Community

Nkemakonam P. Okofu (University of Sheffield, UK)
Presented at: 
ARCC 2015 Conference – The FUTURE of Architectural Research (Chicago, IL)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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