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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


In speaking to The Enigma of the First Assignment. the premise of this paper is explained with a studio in which a design project is addressed through sets of rules. Rules fall into three categories: for program, for site, and for assembly. These rules were left open-ended and they provided the first footholds for a student to get to work designing and not ponder the much larger problem of design itself.


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

Copyright 2002 Portland State University.

Published by Portland State University, Department of Architecture.

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