Sep '06 - Dec '09
This weekend the GSD hosted a forum on Education and Practice , below are some comments and an image of the panel that discussed History and Theory.
One the first and most powerful comments was by Jeff Kipnis as he accused others in the panel of "ethical agnosticism", ignoring the complicity of architecture with power structures. Seems to be a hot topic of conversation, at least in Archinect, as it reminds me of this post by Enrique and this great feature on Sorkin by David Paul. Personally, I think that the ethical issue is becoming ever more relevant as we now face issues of increasingly deteriorating social (increasing economic and power inequality worldwide) and environmental conditions (climate change, depletion of resources, etc...). Sadly, though, this comment of ethics was not thoroughly followed up by the panel.
Peter Eisenman provided some of the more "outrageous comments" (his words not mine) as he argued that PhD's are taking over theory curriculums and there are not enough trained architects teaching theory. He summed up the argument by saying that currently there is "more academicism and less theory" leading to a slow death of architecture schools by PhD's. Some people didn't seem to like the comments, but...
Finally I leave you with another comment by Peter Eisenman on the current 'text-messaging generation' of students: "if you cannot punctuate sentences, how can you punctuate architecture?"