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Proceedings of the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

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Architecture -- Research, Design -- Study and teaching, Architecture -- Study and teaching -- United States


This paper discusses one strategy for exposing architecture students to beginning questions in urban design and how this exposure can be structured within the design studio. Focusing on the city of Savannah, Georgia, the study of urban morphology and resultant building typologies are a basis for the studio research and design proposals completed in the spring of 200 I at Auburn University in Alabama. The studio was cotaught with Brian Mackay-Lyons, who has established his own Architecture and Urban Design practice in Nova Scotia. MacKay-Lyons' practice served as a backdrop for the studio through an emphasis on contextual research, through the sequence of design exercises and finally through the products of the studio. This studio served as a precedent for teaching the conceptualization of the contemporary southern waterfront city at the level of both urban design and architecture.


Presented at the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. March 14-16, 2002.

© Portland State University, published by Portland State University, Department of Architecture

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