luni, 7 aprilie 2008

How should the Schools of Architecture be doing the Research and Theorybuilding to help in charting the Profession's future?

Third EAAE-ENHSA Sub-network Workshop on Architectural Theory
Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Arts, Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal, 28-30 April 2008

“The essential purpose of architecture education, then, is not only the basic training of beginning
practitioners, but also the initiation of students into this common legacy of knowledge, skills, and
language, while instilling a sense of connectedness to the human needs that architecture, as a profession, must continually address. Architecture education, if it is to fulfil those ends, must celebrate and support, and also challenge, the profession and society as a whole. (...) the fascination of architecture education lies far more in its possibilities than in its problems”.
(BOYER, Ernest L., MITGANG, Lee D., Building Community – A new future for Architecture Education and Practice, p. 4, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, 1996, ISBN 0-931050-59-6).

At the first workshop (Hasselt, 21-23 September 2006) we dealt with the various ways in which
schools position architectural theory within their curriculum and how architectural theory is related
to research.

As a follow-up to this event, the second workshop (Trondheim, 28-30 June 2007) aimed at further investigating these issues, focusing on the question of how architectural theory relates to the production of architecture – more specifically on how theory functions as background for studio work.

Continuing these reflections, the third workshop (to be held in Lisbon, 28-30 April 2008) seeks a
further mapping of the field of architectural theory, both as a speculative discipline aiming at
academic research and an operative discipline aiming at seeking tools and skills to help in charting the profession's future practice.

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