What Do You Value?
- Strathclyde University, Glasgow
- Feb 2011
Roots Design Workshop conceived and hosted a workshop with the First Year students at Strathclyde University School of Architecture. Titled ‘What Do You Value?’ the afternoon long event was aimed at making students aware that an Architect’s work constantly involves making choices about what is most important to the design process, the Client or the practice.
The year was split into groups and given ‘value’ prompts; cards with various phrases on, ranging from ‘A Front Garden’ to ‘Chocolate’. The students then went to the city centre where they approached various members of the public and using the prompts provided, posed the question; What do you Value? The prompts could be related or unrelated to one another. The Students were asked to record the responses by taking a photograph of the person interviewed holding the two prompts with the one held highest the one valued the most.
Once the Students had gathered a few responses each they were asked to return to the University and in turn the photographs into a ‘pop-up’ exhibition in the School of Architecture gallery (shown opposite). The exhibition was full of responses, lively and fun, a sign that the workshop was both an enjoyable and educational experience for the students.
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