Research and Development

Welcome to fourth year!!!

224.453 Spatial Design Research & Development

In this paper students explore research methods, processes and practices for Spatial Design and their application through a research project chosen and developed by the student, working between the practice of making and critical writing as a method of research.


Brief & Schedule

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WEEK 1: Intro
whakatinana | reflection | keywords

WHAT: whakatinana
We will discuss the practices and implications of embodied research-through-design:

  • acts of doing research, and acts of producing research (making manifest)
  • the context in which your research practice is embedded – who, where, when – and the opportunities and responsibilities that come with this

Because thinking and looking are not enough. Your research is for you, but it is also a gift to others, and as such it needs to be made tangible. And because none of us operate in a vacuum. In the process of performing research, you will engage with various other people in different kinds of relationships. Every time you do this you enter into a kind of (often unspoken) contract. Ensuring all parties are clear on the terms of that contract is part of your responsibility as a researcher. Principles of clarity, openness and diligence underpin our practice as spatial designers and researchers.

You will produce:
A statement of intent for how we will operate as researchers, including how we engage with others, and with each other.

WHAT: reflection & key words
You will each undertake a personal reflection that draws together key areas of concern that already exist in your own personal history, both inside and outside of the design studio.

There is a myth that great ideas and great projects just materialise out of thin air or through some mysterious design ‘genius’. In reality our work is always embedded within a continuum of lived experience and evolving concerns. Reflection is an important tool for ‘stepping outside’ of this lived experience in order to be able to see it from a different perspective, and perhaps recognise patterns or trajectories that might otherwise seem so obvious as to be invisible.

You will use visual mapping and key words as tools to identify linkages and create new alignments. The aim of this exercise is to ‘draw out’ emerging themes or areas of concern, in order to make manifest a research motivation or trajectory that already has momentum. You will use this to identify and ‘step in’ to an already existing flow.

As well as a personal continuum or flow, your work will always be located within existing spaces or communities of flows inhabited by the work of others. Identifying your own areas of concern can help you to find your ‘people’/whanau/community. As a first step in this direction, we will identify shared concerns within the class, forming ‘research clusters’, and later, across classes from different subject areas.

These ‘research clusters’ are not fixed, but provide a starting point for stepping into a shared space where you can collectively map the discursive field, and discover both what you share, and what makes your research enquiry different. They will also provide you with a support network within the larger community, and will eventual morph into the different symposium presentation/session groups.

You will produce

  • a visual reflection ‘map’
  • 3 key words (1 or more shared with cluster)
  • a combined cluster ‘map’


Google form to submit three key words

Google form to submit blog link


Spatial 7 March

Spatial 7 March long list

And one from Textiles…

Textiles 7 march


And VCD…

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Last modified: March 14, 2016