The academic literature regarding site-specific performance is more oriented in depicting its historical background, describing past and current practice, than summoning up its methodologies and applications. Furthermore, it is usually confined to theatre practice with few references to architecture.
Despite this, in the last two decades Site-specific performance grew up in popularity with a large number of theatre companies and productions in UK and worldwide with a good employment rate for designers; for this reason, Site-specific design covers an important section of NTU Theatre Design taught curriculum. This practice, besides other crucial skills, is relevant to develop students’ critical thinking and communication skills, that are in the top 3 skills needed for the 4th Industrial Revolution (The Future of Jobs, 2018).
My action research project is then aimed at answering the following research question:
How can I design and plan learning activities that help students to engage with the character of an architectural space to improve site-specific design?