Editorial & News
Stay architecturally enlightened!
Like Archinect on Facebook.
Sign up to our mailing list.
Peter Cook - The Happy Volcano: A Description of the I deal Architecture School
Apr 18 '05
Apr 18, 05 8:18 pm
This page is one part of the feature : "
Redefining Education in the 21st Century
Architectural education, for Peter Cook, is fragile. It has to be treated with sensitivity and intelligence. He brought the AA a gift: a cheerful 'English chat ', communicating some thoughts about the School through the voices of imaginary international students and teachers. On the unit system, Lisa (a 'gorgeous 'short-haired lady) thinks, 'It has been here for more than 30 years. That 's not good '. On theory and design, Hank (an extremely literate and serious young man)says Histories and Theories should have their own studio: 'Theory has really to be tested '.On making, Otto (a student who enjoys a position between the academic and the designer)stresses the importance of the workshops in the building: 'They are in the tradition of materialisation '.
In his talk, Peter highlighted some key aspects and potentials of the AA: its internationalism and its networks.' The AA must remember its traditions of entrepreneurship ', he said, using the metaphor of setting up AA franchise shops in various places Ã¢â‚¬“Kingsland Road, Taipei, New York. The AA must also remember that it has, and should continue to have, style. It should rediscover the benefits of the 'English chat 'as a way of moving 'around 'the discussion of architectural matter. On location, Peter compared the AA to an aircraft. The AA is in England but it is also insulated Ã¢â‚¬“ should it be? On educational operation, he underlined the most magical part for him: 'the teacher should learn from the students '.
From his long-term experience, Peter said, it was important for architecture students to gain external recognition for their work. Doing lovely experiments in school was not enough: the work had also to be marketable. Students should have something equivalent to an AA credit card (of knowledge) in their pockets.
To summarise, he presented diagrams of the 'school of the School ', putting his comments into four charts and one building. His Kunsthaus in Graz can serve as the strong analogy of the 'school of the School 'Ã¢â‚¬“an exemplar of the 'English chat 'for Peter, the architect who knows the business of teaching perfectly well.
Mark Cousins adds:
We had originally decided that each evening lecture should be reviewed by a member of the School Community. While this proved possible in most cases, for Peter 's contribution it was surely impossible. He had fabricated a complete fictional world of architecture teachers, students and projects which performed the immense service of showing the informal ways in which an architecture community influences itself. Not only a story but one complete with slides. In violating the rules of these lectures, Peter constructed and delivered a fully crafted gift, for which we are grateful.
Back to Top ↑
Back to Discussion List...
All of Archinect
Last Commented Threads
Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA)?
What music are you listening to?
Last Created Threads
Interior Design vs. Architect vs. Interior Architect
Architecture to Urban Design for Artistry
Is tempered glass required in entry door?
Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall
Toronto ventures into sixth bid to host Olympic Games
"En Pointe" by Heather Roberge strikes a balance between past and present
Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin air
"[Architects] are not the creators of the city, but the midwives" says Bjarke Ingels
Op-Ed: Beyond Stars, Icons and Much More, by Patrik Schumacher
AfterShock #3: Brains and the City
A Studio of 4,500: Inside Gensler's Culture
Screen/Print #34: KTISMA's "Lick Your Buildings"
Is Twitter the architectural intern's unofficial labor union? Exposing the reality behind unpaid internships across borders and industries