What is it about?

Students studying interior design need to formalize their ideas through a visual simulation technique. Therefore, students must be able to do it by drawing, using a physical or computerized model. The latter technique mostly becomes a handicap for first-year students. The authors have created a physical modeling system for simulating interior space for this project. To make sure that the modeling tool is functional to support student engagement the authors have tested it in comparison with the computer modeling. The result shows that in the students using physical modeling some dimensions of engagement were significantly different compared to that in response to the use of manual drawing. However, students who can use computerized modeling responded significantly differently to the use of physical modeling only in one of its student engagements.

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Why is it important?

This project not only has introduced a new system of interior space modeling but also has tested its effect on student engagement by comparing its function to first-year students and later-year students.


We wrote this article based on our experiences as interior design lecturers. We believe that many other lecturers also share a common interest in tackling the problem of engagement among first-year students who lack visualization ability which is essential in interior design education. Therefore, I hope this article can share ideas about how physical modeling plays a role in supporting student engagement.

Prabu Wardono
Institut Teknologi Bandung

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This page is a summary of: Physical modelling of interior space as a predictor of student engagement, Art Design & Communication in Higher Education, October 2022, Intellect,
DOI: 10.1386/adch_00055_1.
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