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ERIC Number: ED398593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-28
Pages: 6
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Building a Foundation: Architecture Education and Writing Pedagogy.
Kosidowski, Paul
An architecture design studio classroom is a community. The myth of the solitary student is destroyed by the very structure of the classroom: students can use the room at any time, students share their works-in-progress and final products with the class, and the class is a congenial and informal mix of discussion, comments, critiques, and encouragement. It is where architects learn to think like architects. For an instructor who spent 2 years as a writing across the curriculum (WAC) consultant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Architecture, this studio was the most important place for writing in architecture education. Studios are "visual" but not wordless. A typical sketchbook--which every student keeps--helps students visualize ideas, but the addition of a design notebook can make the design process explicit and tangible for students, and allow them the space to develop their own creative sensibility. A directed design notebook asks students to take risks and question their process, since there are few models to show students of an architect thinking through writing. The structure and atmosphere of the studio classroom makes it a fertile place for a writing-to-learn activity. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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