Use of grammar for shape exploration with novice students: Experiment 1: against the first impressions

Mohamed S. Ibrahim, Alan Bridges, Scott C. Chase, Samir Bayoumi, Dina S. Taha

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This paper describes a teaching experience conducted and carried out as part of the architectural coursework of the first year students. The workshop is the first of three planned to take place during the course of the first year studio. It aims at introducing new ways of thinking as well as introducing students to the new pattern of architectural education; It also helps communicating and-if required- unlearning accumulative conceptions that were unconsciously gained by the lack of practice, ignorance of actuality or simply by the accumulation of images and ideas in their minds over the years. A grammatical approach was chosen to develop the described methodology, based on the shape grammars system in general, and on one of its basic skills of seeing/understanding shapes & extracting elements of the visual composition in particular.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuture Cities
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 28th Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
EditorsGerhard Schmitt, Ludger Hovestadt, Luc Van Gool, Frédéric Bosché, Remo Burkhard, Suzanne Colemann, Jan Halatsch, Michael Hansmeyer, Silke Konsorski-Lang, Antje Kunze, Martina Sehmi-Luck
Place of PublicationZürich
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventeCAADe 2010 - ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Duration: 15 Sep 201018 Sep 2010


ConferenceeCAADe 2010


  • beginning/novice students
  • shape grammar
  • pedagogical grammar
  • design education


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