Dr. Ali Chougui
Dept. of Architecture, University of Sétif,
RN5, Ave Said Boukhrissa, Sétif 19000 – Algeria.
The digital revolution has radically reconfigured the relationship
between conception and production, creating a direct digital link
between what can be conceived and what can be built through
information technology and virtual environment.
The introduction of digital fabrication also enabled architects to
produce scale models of their designs using processes and
techniques identical to those used in the industry.
Thus, a valuable feedback mechanism between conception and
production was established, this newfound ability to generate
construction information directly from design information is what
defines the most profound aspect of contemporary architecture.
The way an architect uses a design medium to sketch, interpret
and communicate spatial constructions strongly influences the
final outcome of the design process. Communication of ideas,
interpretation and understanding of space and the translation of
mental ideas to its physical counterpart take a key role in an
Architecture is presently engaged in an impatient search for
solutions to critical questions about the nature and the identity of
the discipline, and digital technology is a key agent for prevailing
innovations in architecture.
The intention of this paper is to present a digital approach of an
architectural project education that is being experienced with the
forth year students in the university of Sétif department of
architecture, the main objective of this approach is to investigate
the co-relationship between the perception of space and the
resulting design of students, who use computer graphics and
drawings as a design tool for space component.
By identifying the specific tasks in the architectural design process
which are particularly influenced by spatial perception, the
required interaction techniques to be used in digital design
environments can be better understood and developed by students