archiTECTONICS: Pre- and Trans-disciplinary Reference in Beginning Design

By Román Montoto.

Published by The Arts Collection

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archiTECTONICS: trans-disciplinary reasoning and manifesting in beginning architectural design

Pedagogical approaches to beginning design in architecture often assume multi-disciplinary modes of exploration to filter problem parameters (perceptual) and sculpt discoveries for iterative potential (operational). A closer look suggests trans-disciplinary moments within the architectural design process that come before, within, and/or around the root-discipline from pre-disciplines, such as Visual Literacy, fundamental to exploration and communication in design.

archiTECTONIC: 2. having qualities, such as design and structure, that are characteristic of architecture.

Iterating and perceiving through every disciplinary dynamic, instance, and/or action in the process of designing transcends, builds, and structures its neighbor for explorative sequencing, intention, and maturation of reasoning for design resolution. An acute awareness of disciplinary state, in a maturing design process, may alleviate obscurity of ideological foundation and facilitate growth for trans-disciplinary reasoning, making, and communicating in a root discipline.

archiTECTONIC: 3. of or relating to the scientific systematization of knowledge.

Immanual Kant discusses this in his book “Critique of Pure Reason”: “By the term Architectonic I mean the art of constructing a system. Without systematic unity, our knowledge cannot become science; it will be an aggregate, and not a system. Thus Architectonic is the doctrine of the scientific in cognition, and therefore necessarily forms part of our Methodology.”

This proposal seeks to discuss trans-disciplinary moments (2D, 3D, and time-based exercises) implemented for perceptual and operational stages of beginning architectural design that provoke situational and conditional awareness. Additionally, variations on archiTECTONICS will layer the discussion as related to reasoning and manifesting in a manner that allows the beginning design student to recognize pre- and trans-disciplinary ideology, pace, and purpose. Engaging this as a strategy for seeing, thinking, and maneuvering through a dynamic process that overflows disciplinary boundaries provides design liberty and clarity for reasoning, manifesting, and communicating in a root discipline, in this case architecture.

Keywords: Analyzing Art Forms, Moving Pictures, Spatial and Architectonic Arts, Beginning Architectural Design, Pre-disciplinary, Trans-disciplinary, archiTECTONICS, Time-based Imagery

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.270MB).

Román Montoto

assistant professor of architecture, Department of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA

Assistant professor Román Montoto studied art history and criticism before pursuing the field of architecture at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee U.S. where he obtained Master of Architecture degree in coincidence with architectural practice. Upon completion of studies, he ventured to the city of Chicago in pursuance of a career in architectural practice. After several years in practice, an invitation to instruct an architectural design studio at UW-Milwaukee was extended to him which he did for one year. This exposure to potentialities in creative and pedagogical research for design as part of academia catalyzed a shift of career path to an academic setting and his current position as an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Idaho. He currently is researching pedagogical approaches to the architectural design studio with trans-disciplinary, digital design/fabrication techniques, and generative/information design as his focus, dissemination of which includes academic writings, presentations, and creative works such as design competitions and short films.


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