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Bauhaus Fatigue

Bauhaus Fatigue
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I can’t say Ludwig Kurz was representative of all craftsmen any more than I can claim Anton Hofer represents The Bauhaus but this post is not about individuals – it is about two different approaches to education, design and production that coexisted once. Ludwig’s Kurz’s formal education took place over the three winters of 1922-23, […]

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The Notebooks of Ludwig Kurz

The Notebooks of Ludwig Kurz
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Born on the 5th of May 1898, Ludwig Kurz was thirteen when he became carpenter’s apprentice to his brother-in-law. In this photograph, that’s him holding the front end of the timber. At the time and in the Tyrol region with its traditions of building in timber, a carpenter was a craftsman who could construct out […]

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Architecture of Innocence

Architecture of Innocence
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A few weeks back I shared my first childhood awareness of buildings from an age when I didn’t even know it was somebody’s job to design them, or that there even was such a thing as architecture. I became curious and started asking other people when they first became aware of buildings and their environment. Here are […]

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Indexed Memory

Indexed Memory
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In the mid-1920s, architects in America, Europe and the Soviet Union sought and gained new knowledge via specialist journals. Allowing time for the collection of information, editing, printing and distribution, it was at least three months before anyone would know about any new ideas or buildings. It wasn’t such a bad system as these journals […]

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Grading Criteria

Grading Criteria
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😀🙂😐🍋☹️😬👎🗑🔥 For architecture instructors, the interval between end of classes and end of semester is a time for reflecting on what they’ve taught and on how to evaluate and document the outcome. Teaching and learning objectives are invariably attained but what of those famous intangibles architecture is supposed to have? If they can’t be taught, […]

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The Formalist Canon

The Formalist Canon
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We all know what The Canon is but no longer know whether it’s taught because it’s important or important because it’s taught. Even the teaching is iffy if it refers to the perfection of ideas rather than the messy and imperfect realities of the buildings that represent rather than physically embody the grandiose claims made […]

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Models of Instruction

Models of Instruction
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LinkedIn and Lynda have cornered the market for delivering software credentials to job-insecure technicians [c.f. Learning Curve] but the delivery systems for architectural design skills remain primitive. This is because nobody’s really sure what architectural design skills are, let alone how to teach them. It’s not for lack of trying. The Beaux-Arts Over the centuries, many worthy architects received their education […]