Visual Schemas: Pragmatics of Design Learning in Foundations Studios

Ozkar, Mine
Visual schemas are prequels to shape rules in formalizing the pedagogical discussions in foundational design studios.


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M. Ozkar, “Visual Schemas: Pragmatics of Design Learning in Foundations Studios,” NEXUS NETWORK JOURNAL, pp. 113–130, 2011, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: