Integrating performance-based design in beginning interior design education: an interactive dialog between the built environment and its context

Qun Zuo, Wesley Leonard, Eileen E. MaloneBeach

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Abstract

This paper presents a new paradigm in interior design education in which building performance simulation was employed for decision making and design generation. Digital technology was intermixed with conventional paper-based media in the design process to explore formal, spatial and passive solar energy solutions. The intention of the study was to re-discover the value of computers in assisting design thinking and improving effective learning. The results indicated the Performance-Based Design approach resulted in an early awareness of sustainable energy for beginning interior design students. Further, it enhanced understanding of the mutual relationship between interior and exterior and between the built and natural environment. This paper acknowledged the achievements as well as limitations and future directions for the integration of Performance-Based Design into interior design curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-287
Number of pages20
JournalDesign Studies
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • computer aided design
  • design education
  • design process
  • interior design
  • performance-based design

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