Computer Simulation as an Integral Part of Digital Design Education in Architecture The Modulator

Sorguç, Arzu
Cakici, Fatma Zehra
It has been more than a decade that the first discussions on the integration of computational technologies into architectural education, especially into the design studios have been started. Since then, the use of CAD from drafting to complex solid modeling and manufacturing in design studios has been mostly achieved. Yet, persisting on the discussions within the same context, mostly focusing on the studio education and CAD/CAM rather than "CAAD" avoids inquiring other potentials of them as being a learning and implementation media of different knowledge domains. In this context this papers presents a discussion on andragogic learning by the integration of simulation technologies to architectural education to synthesize the fragmented knowledge that provides new learning media.


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A. Sorguç and F. Z. Cakici, “Computer Simulation as an Integral Part of Digital Design Education in Architecture The Modulator,” 2011, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: