Critical thinking as a priority
The experimental courses predating the book took place at The Aarhus School of Architecture and DIS Copenhagen respectively. The aim was a pedagogy that sought to free the students of potential a priori positions and/or perspectives offered by their teachers, instead letting them explore more freely in search of their own critical perspectives.
”It was an experiment, a very free approach that the students really appreciated. So, being more precise, all the drawings were made by students enrolled at DIS while all the models by students enrolled at AAA. And that’s how we experimented and found one possible alternative to a way of teaching and education of the “old schools” of architecture. We don’t want to impose any positions on others, we don’t have any gospel to preach them. It is up to the students to develop their own critical perspectives and learn from what the course and our experience might offer. We strive to create a framework where students can grow as critical thinkers first of all”, says Angela Gigliotti, postdoc and PhD at The Aarhus School of Architecture.
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The authors have been interviewed for the Finnish architecture blog bookm-ark.fi – the quotes in the above article was lifted from that interview (with permission). Read it here.
You can also read interviews with the authors at artwort.com, koozarch.com and newgenerationsweb.com.
- Editors: Angela Gigliotti and Troels Rugbjerg
- Graphic Design by: OFFICE U67 ApS
- Funded by: Statens Kunstfond, DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia and the Aarhus School of Architecture
- Published by: ListLab