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Radical Pedagogies : Architectural Education and the British Tradition
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date Published: May 2015
Stock Code: 83985
Total votes: 3
The anticipated reduction in the duration of architecture education in the UK and across Europe has encouraged a sense of collective openness to exploring other models of professional education delivery. There’s never been a better time to be thoughtfully innovative and take the initiative.This book provides a much needed debate about the future of architectural education, placing it within its unique historic tradition and raising questions as to where architecture schools should be situated, who should be teaching it and whether it should be treated as an interdisciplinary, rather than silo-based subject.This is not just a book for academics. It comprises voices from those who are doing as well as talking; students, recent graduates, practitioners, educators and developers, consolidating academic and well as practice-based evidence into a set of actionable insights which should question, provoke and inspire.
The issue of gender inequality in architecture has been part of the profession’s discourse for many years, yet the continuing gender...
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Prue Chiles, Architect and Professor of Architecture at Newcastle University
Radical Pedagogies gives us a timely reminder of just how political an architectural education is, has been in the past and should be in the future. The breadth of critical pedagogical approaches described is a mirror of both the societal and the ethical dilemmas we face in daring to set templates for the future of an architectural profession. I hope this is just the beginning of an important debate on our responsibilities as teachers contributing to the future of the built environment and the people who have to inhabit it.
Sally Stone, Principal Lecturer, Manchester School of Architecture
Architectural Education in the UK is about to enter what will probably be a turbulent period of substantial change and realignment. The Bologna Agreement combined with a massive increase in fees and a radical change in the expectations of the profession has created an anxiety within the contested area of architectural academia. This compelling and meaningful book charts the processes that have led to this position, discusses the implications of this for the profession before exploring possible methods of and developments for architectural education in the twenty-first century.
This important and persuasive book is an important resource for all those engaged or connected with architectural education; from academics, interested students to future employers, all will benefit from the knowledge and understanding that the editors have brought to this erudite collection of deliberations and essays.
Joe Kerr, Head of Critical & Historical Studies, Royal College of Art
Find an architecture school anywhere in the world, and you are pretty much guaranteed to find an architect telling us what is wrong with it; but as Marx would have it, the point surely is to change it. This iconoclastic collection of dissenting essays manages both to expose the historical shortcomings of architectural education but also to propose provocative but plausible alternatives for its future. It will undoubtedly help to shape this vitally important debate in a period of profound uncertainty for both the profession and for its pedagogical underpinning.
John Assael, Chairman, Assael Architecture
This is an eclectic and inspirational collection of essays; a cornucopia of ideas, critiques, programmes and strategies that perfectly emphasise the diversity of the issues confronting the education and training of architects. A must read for academics, practitioners and everyone else interested in the future of the profession.
Brian McGrath, Dean, School of Constructed Environments Parsons School of Design
Architectural education, like the profession itself, is long overdue for a radical overhaul. The first voices of feminist, class, race and environmental critiques from the 1960s and 70s were drowned under the cacophony of post-modern architectural formalism and theory of the last three decades. But there is good news within the pages of this volume. There has just been a temporary detour in the history of progressive architecture. Radical Pedagogies reveals that the social and environmental movements that were once percolating, are now boiling over with fun, invention, exuberance, and the opportunities ahead to turn architecture as a key discipline that will collaborate to address the problems of social equity and environmental sustainability that confront the world today.
Gemma Barton, Lecturer, University of Brighton
Date Reviewed: September 2015
Anyone who doesnt know where they sit within the argument about education providing graduates with appropriate skills to enter the working world will do once they have read Radical Pedagogies. Its an intriguing read, hopefully its message will resonate throughout the discipline and beyond.
Neil Lamb, Subject Leader in Architecture, Robert Gordon University
Date Reviewed: September 2015
This is a useful contribution to the debate around the future of British architectural indication reminding us of the context and through this perhaps pointing the way forward. It's a useful text for teachers and those interested in the history and teaching of design.
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