Day 1: What is a School? (of Architecture, Landscape, Art, and Urbanism)

0:00 Introduction by Dean Richard Sommer
11:35 Nader Tehrani presentation
29:10 Shohei Shigematsu presentation
44:38 Michael Maltzan presentation
55:26 Sara Diamond introduced by Dean Richard Sommer
56:51 Moderated discussion

The “What is a School? (of Architecture, Landscape, Art, and Urbanism” symposium took place on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 2018 in the Principal Hall at the Daniels Building, the new home of the Daniels Faculty. The keynote on Friday evening featured presentations by Nader Tehrani, Shohei Shigematsu and Michael Maltzan followed by a moderated discussion with Sara Diamond and Dean Richard Sommer.

The event continued all day on Saturday with presentations from educators, theorists, historians, and practitioners. Watch the video of Day 2 here:

This event brought together a rich array of speakers to address questions surrounding the design of learning spaces, including:

—What kind of a pedagogical instrument is a school of architecture/design and what role do its physical spaces and architecture play in its pedagogies and research?
—What is the contemporary role and relevance of a general education in design?
—What might be the agency and reach of the architecture/design school, beyond the school or university?
—How can an architecture/design school be both a place where ideas are cultivated over time, and where they are subject to continuous experimentation?
—How do schools of architecture/design navigate the changing political and intellectual landscape of the research university?

Speaker bios and more event info:

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