KRVIA- TUNG HAI UNIVERSITY (TAIWAN)
MASTER’S EXCHANGE WORKSHOP
EXTRACT FROM PROF SIMON INTRODUCTION:
“The aim of this space syntax workshop is to equip postgraduate and/or senior undergraduate students with a well integrated analytical and planning design methodology to first deal with a complicated urban/rural system to diagnose and to tease out existing urban/rural development issues and secondly to work out a well defined planning and design proposal for future development of those areas under discussion. Furthermore, this workshop focuses on two major subjects:
1. The first question is to explore the possible strategies and design alternatives for future development on spaces left over after planning (SLOAP) areas or spaces left unused, i.e., redundant areas, etc., in the contexts of Asian cities.
2. The second issue is related to the so-called “Urban Parametric Diagnosis and Acupunctural Microscope Intervention (UPDAMI)” process, which will be explained in the following four steps:”
The KRVIA-THU exchange for masters has just ended with the Ahmadabad trip. It has begun to shape its destination in foresight towards better academic ties. From the beginning it has been clear that exchange with Asian university is always about learning from each other, and it has sawn the seed of mutual learning.
The theme continues from last year, the only significance change that came around was the site selections. The earlier workshop had inner city conditions as pre-conceived notions of urban sites. This time it happens to be the diverse conditions that bring about diverse urban conditions. The Planned heritage precinct, Town Planning scheme, Wedge between Transport node and arterial road, and urban villages. The real testing ground for the software performance as it became clear that space syntax is a logical model attempting to question intuitive model. It is perhaps true apparatus to test out the design modalities as against the intuitive interpretation/understanding.
The opening lecture articulated the point of view that software works on limited parameter but variation of that parameter are immense, hence parametric values can be unfolded to its best potential. The mix of group studio working and lecture inputs perhaps gives the wider exposure to cross culture learning.
It’s a learning step ahead as far as parametric software and GIS system concerns. It definitely brings about the processes of data collection & knowledge building.