The main project consists of the design and construction of full-scale architectural structures at Hooke Park. Designs are developed through prototyping, mock-up and physical testing in collaboration with engineering consultants and specialist builders. For the MSc students, this prototyping exercise is completed in a full-scale experimental timber construction at the end of Term 3, which forms the research basis for the subsequent MSc dissertations. This prototype is designed with the explicit intent to test new architectural applications of timber and radically exploit the woodland and fabrication resources (including new robotic fabrication equipment) of Hooke Park. For MArch students, the main project involves the collective design and construction of an experimental permanent building either at the Hooke Park campus or off site. Construction starts in Term 3 and is completed in the autumn. The range of research topics is broader than the MSc and may encompass individual interests in environmental and construction technologies, alternative forms of design practice or issues relating to Hooke Park's topographic and cultural landscape.
One of the more striking aspects of the DSP experience was the way that the Naked Objects technique permitted re-use very actively. Once a domain object, such as a Customer, had been defined for one 'application' it could be (has been) readily adapted with the minimum of tweaking and addition for use elsewhere. This suggests that the approach could become a favourite in government circles, where re-use is seen as a powerful technique for breaking down siloed systems. The UK 'Transformational Government' policy is particularly keen to see re-use become a standard requirement of new government systems, both consuming other governmental system components and making new ones available for others to use. This re-use is often seen in terms of services, but objects could be an equally powerful approach.