Following on from my work with Christopherv Alexander and Barry Poyner in 1996 I taught part-time for a while at the Kingston Polytechnic School of Architecture under the headship of Dennis Berry. I taught Relational Theory (as it was then called) until, in 1967, I was offered a position at the Portsmouth Polytechic under Geoffrey Broadbent as a Research Fellow in Design Methods. There were three Research Fellowships. The other two were take up by Malcolm Carder (now the notable artist and illustrator Malcolm Godwin) and Laurie Fricker, a landscape architect and friend of Buckminster Fuller. Portsmouth was an exciting place to be. It was the 1960s, we were an hour away from London and the School of Architecture under Broadbent was out to make a name for uitself as a centre of excellence in design theorising - and design methods stood at the very heart of that vision. My main contribution was the organisation and presentation of the First International Symposium Design Methods in Architecture. The Symposium took place on the now defunct South Parade Pier in Southsea and attraqcted a cast of academics that reads lijke a Who's Who in design theorising. Geoffrey Broadbent himself, Amos Rapoport, Bruce Archer, Janet Daley, Chris Jones and Jane Abercrombie. The Symposium predated and foreshadowed the 1968 Design Methods Group Conference at MIT, which was co-hosted by Berkeley and Harvard, and at which the Environmental design research Association was established. So the Portsmouth Symposium played a major role in design theoirising throughout the 1970s and up to the present. The proceedings of the symposium, which I edited, were published in English by Wittenborne in London and New York, and in Spanish by Gili of Madrid. A synopsis of the Symposium was published in the Architects Journal by Geoffrey Broadbent. A PDF pf that paper can be downloaded here.
The molectual and spatial models
In 1965 I was one of a group of final year students at the Birmingham School of Architecture who embarked upon a remarkable final thesis project - the design of an Electrical Engineering Faculty for the University of Birmingham using a new and exciting design methodology that we had developed. It was early in the days of Design Methods and a large part of our project involved an extensive research into the field. In the process we evolved our own Method - far in advance, in some ways, of what was being developed elsewhere by academics and industrial designers on big government grants. We set ourselves the task of designing a complex building entirely by mathematical computations, seeking to eliminate arbitrary decisions and value judgements from the process of design. We were confronting directly the traditional myth of the designer as an inspired genius awaiting patiently a vision from which to craft his design. It was an exciting time. It led me on, eventually to work with Christopher Alexander and the late Barry Poyner in London, to a Research Fellowship in Design Methods at Portsmouth Polytechnic (where I convened the first Design Methods in Architecture Conference in 1967), and eventually to a position on the Faculty at the College of Environmental Design in Berkeley, California. This work projected me into a life of academicism which has been the consuming passion of my life. The work was the beginning of a series of public l;ectures - at the RIBA in London, and at Universities in Cardiff, Glasgow and Birmingham. It led to my involvement with the nascent Design Research Society, and eventually to being there at the inception of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) in the USA. This was the beginning....
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A guest article by Brian Mckenna. It was originally published in Counterpunch Junbe 3rd, 2013.
This is a great critical analysis of the devaluation of Education through the introduction of on-line learning systems.
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Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Here, in its entirety is a copy of the UN Derclaration. The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday 13 September 2007, by a majority of 144 states in favour, 4 votes against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States - all the beneficiaries of British colonial policies) and 11 abstentions (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Samoa and Ukraine). New Zealand also signed the Derclaration on 20th April 2010.
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Alma Flor Ada (1938- )
John Dewey (1859-1952)