I have this nagging idea itching to get out in the open. In UST we lack Studio Culture. Our students bring their work home and most of the process is done in private. They come in with plates
almost done and ready to submit. Design is isolated within a subject. There’s not enough idea incubation. There’s not much dialogue outside the classroom. The library even minimized their drafting area.
Here comes the idea: Why don’t we have a room(/s) where students of any year level could do their plates? A safe place to plug in their laptops and basically do their submittals there. Professors could just hang out for consultation/ discussions. Imagine discussions of fourth years with second years. It may not be open 24hours but I’m not sure how much more money the institution would spend on electricity for keeping this room going for at least 12hours of the day. It’s going to be messy, quite noisy but fun.. in my head. haha!
I want to see messy walls with studies, a corner for open criticism and an idea board. Weekly or monthly themes for discussion. I WANT THIS TO HAPPEN SO BADLY. Maybe it can be something like the Room of Requirement in Harry Potter. It’ll be everything we’d ever need.
I’ve learned that there are some things we need to consider before we put this into action: how it works with the current curriculum, the resources UST already has (and that we can work with), budget and certain restrictions like safety and security. Having a studio culture in UST would also mean students paying more for the electricity/ additional operating hours of the building plus the hours professors would have to dedicate into this program. Imagine the space allocation of all three thousand architecture students having one table the entire year. BUT this doesn’t mean we couldn’t get better by creating a safe space for students to incubate, discuss and play with their ideas 🙂
Maybe we can find ways to make it happen.