UK Schools: Relevance of Design & Technology_ Understanding? Relevance?

Following this article from the new Head of the V & A museum his comment echoes a ‘blame culture’ that is continually developing in society. Failure to seek a solution is an attitude that seems to engender many conversations, a path that explore alternatives is masked away…

“Studying design and technology is a kind of immunisation process against robots taking your jobs,” Jeremy Hunt.”Human creativity ultimately cannot be taken, we think, at the moment, by some robot,” added Hunt. “So this is not just some fluffy subject that you can enjoy on the side, it’s a hard subject.”

The Creative Industries Federation warned this fall in students taking arts subjects coupled with Brexit could lead to a “talent crisis” in the industry.

We should be lookig into a an explorative and cross curriclar link into how we educate the many students ready to make their meaningful contribution to society.

To provide an education that forsters a child to be in comfort zone, results in making them a passive learner waiting for instructions to be provided…. alternative is to encourage the kids to be explorers in schools_ parents are relying on schools and schools hope the parents will encourage the kids to develop this further… the rise of private tutors and quasi organisation which claims to be problems solvers are dangers to an education on the edge of a cliff

we can’t all be lawyers_ the lack of creatvity hampers other profession,

strathclyde uni has introdued a module on interpersonla skills_

https://www.dezeen.com/2017/09/28/victoria-albert-museum-tristram-hunt-encourage-more-design-technology-subjects-gsce-news/

 

 

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Crit:2_ Development of a booklet

Following the previous post on the Crit…. I took it upon me to develop somekind of manuscript or guidance manual for the crit. This will include the various topics which might be related to the crit.

This came after coming across, The Crit An Architecture Student’s Handbook: Seriously Useful Guides (Architectural Students Handbooks). This book by  Charles Doidge (Author), Rachel Sara (Author), Rosie Parnell  (Author), Mark Parsons (Author) has some very insightful comments to those new to the process of training to become an architect or those who are familiar with the environment therein, pity I came across this book during my final academic year of architecture. 

Crit that has remained for many decades. The following notes will be a comment on a tradition that I see as resisting change and lack proressive vision and organisation.

This is the a booklet which I hope will be a gift to students at early stages of their career: Elements of the booklet will include

Crit Map: Using the layout of the Universities I attended and invited for th crit, we will place areas where the crit spaces are occurring in those environments. This is similar to most schools as the layout of many studios are ubiquitios.

Table of Contents

 

 

  1. History of the crit (Where it all started)
  2. Layout of the crit_ set up (communication of rigorous information/process to tutors) Studio Layouts
  3. Varies depending on school or the time of the year (formal and informal)
  4. Why crit? Assessment methods
  5. Characters in the crit
  6. Refer to pizza crit
  7. Preparation for Crit_
  8. It start with studio attendance and sharing of ideas
  9. (Start Making lines-There more the lines the better)There’s no time to lose nor is the room for vacillation_ The time to be creative is now, multitude are waiting for your ideas to manifest
  10. Sharing a meal with friends is always good idea
  11. That time will not manage itself. All it knows is to go around
  12. Get some sleep
  13. Tidy yourself up_ To shower or not shower. Don’t be like me and wait for the rain to turn up 
  14. Types of students, which one are you?
  15. Presentations_ dress code_ please reflect a degree of professinalism or personality 
  16. Presentation_ Work_ Don’t be intermidated by the questions 
  17. The late night attitude? Why are you doing this to yourself 
  18. Post crit (Some drink some cry the gloom and blooms of crits
  19. Resting phase- Invite friends for social/ leisure activity 
  20. Absorption of ideas and the criticism received
  21. Development of Project Further_ architecture only stops when you we are tired of being creative or dead… 
  22. Refining knowledge
  23. Developing your character_ mental dexterity
  24. Practice_ You are developing your practice method not relying on being employed 
  25. Developing new professional values

You have the capacity to enhance the architectural profession with the knowledge we have accumulated thus far… and you will bringing new professional values…

 

 

 

 

 

Crit:1

As the end of academic year approaches for most architecture students in the Northern Hemishphere, I would like to dedicate the next few weeks to writing about the infamous ‘crit’. Love it or hate, it seems like this perverse anthropological ritual is here to stay.

Many of us have stumbled until we finally got the hang of this so called the crit? The purpose of it and importance of it and the relevance of it i the architectural education. I am not or am I against this 200years old tradition of assessing student’s work, nay rather I would like to explore it further and hopefully to bring out what could be the relevance of it in the digital age.

There’s a lot of advice about preparation and what it entails, sites such as Portico, First in Architecture site, a jounal and a book called The Crit can be a good resource to those wishing to know more or have an alternative view about.