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  • The Sideshow

    Project BlackBox, a machine for creating heat-responsive polymer panels. Designed and built by AltN Research.
    toronto CANADA

    “The professionally accredited architecture degree needs an opt-out clause. Given the rapidly changing demands and potentials of the profession, it is time to reflect on a system whose ultimate goal is to prepare a host of students for a world that really doesn’t need that many people to design new buildings. Fewer graduates are ultimately getting licensed and, strangely enough, this is viewed as some sort of failure. . . .”

    * image: “Project BlackBox,” a machine for creating heat-responsive polymer panels. Designed and built by AltN Research.

    [EXCERPTED FROM FRESH PUNCHES ]

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    The professionally accredited architecture degree needs an opt-out clause. Given the rapidly changing demands and potentials of the profession, it is time to reflect on a system whose ultimate goal is to prepare a host of students for a world that really doesn’t need that many people to design new buildings. Fewer graduates are ultimately getting licensed and, strangely enough, this is viewed as some sort of failure. Conversely, what this actually points to are the vast new potentials for designers to shape our physical environment in ways that were previously impossible. These potentials have led to an overwhelming interest in new methods of fabrication, programming, and interactivity—all activities seen as mere tangential pursuits that can be explored as long as you eventually come back to the “serious” business of designing buildings. In recent years, this sideshow of architectural education has taken many forms, including online forums, inhabitable prototypes, and the weekend workshops taught by traveling bands of educational misfits. The pull of these activities in many ways relates to their pragmatism. A vast majority of the design we interact with on a daily basis is shaped by these technologies and to ignore them is negligent. These new tools and technologies help equip students with a proactive approach that is necessary when dealing with the contemporary design world. This approach also treats technology as a project to be created by designers rather than simply purchased. The sideshow approach has gotten us this far, but it is now time to move on. Students should opt out of the stringent guidelines of an accredited degree as soon as they realize that they will never see the inside of an IDP (Intern Development Program) packet, so that they can get on with the business of designing in a world where the skills of architectural education, such as lateral thinking, dealing with complexity, and communication, are in great demand.

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    [AltN Research + Design]
    [Digital Futures Initiative at OCAD University]

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