CONTEXT

LABORATORY FOR INTEGRATIVE DESIGN AND DIALOG DESIGN

DIRECTED RESEARCH STUDY

TEAM: IVAN AU

ADVISED BY JOSHUA M TARON, ROBERT CLAIBORNE, MATTHEW PARKER


2017 SUMMER

CONTEXT is the product of a research-based internship facilitated by Dialog Design and the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID). The internship was initially proposed to address how architectural practice and academia might work together to inform one another, as the two tend to use dissimilar design languages. Throughout the four-month internship, project data from both Dialog and the LID was documented and presented bi-weekly to form a comparative analysis strategy. The resultant analysis was translated into a document entitled "CONTEXT," which is considered to be a tool that uses layering to yield organized relationships between design elements, concurrent project research, as well as between an academic outfit and an industry firm. The CONTEXT document uses layering as a metastructure that informs the organization of all common research themes. The consistent restructuring of varied project information produced qualities that offered a way for our team to discuss mutual attitudes between design execution at different places of work. Therefore, the final document offers a means to navigate through different projects by viewing them through a variety of lenses that emphasize the comprehension of projects, while also acting as a unique tool that can be used to consider and approach design.