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    classes cancelled for a week: seriously

    By Utako
    Oct 26, '09 12:25 AM EST

    So at Daniels this week, we have something strange coming up: an all school charrette for the entire week. What is going to happen is that they're going to merge the entire faculty (students and teachers, architects landscape architects and urban designers) and divide us all into 21 groups (approx 15 people). Then they are going to give us each a site/project from the City of Toronto and we are going to make something (like 6 design panels) and present them at the end of the week (with free food). Our dean, Richard Sommer, announced all that last week and the entire room went into a buzz. Everyone's freaking out about their cancelled studio (knowing the reality of heightened expectation with more time to work on it at night) and also with the possibility of 'exchanging desks' for the week (which the students all shook their head in unison).

    I don't know, I think it's actually a cool idea (perhaps it would have been better if it was at the beginning of September but anyways) and I will keep posted of how it goes during the week (hopefully with more images).


    • Kirk Wooller

      Any more info on why they're doing it? Is the charrette responding to some urgency in Toronto at the moment? Or an effort of the dean to encourage more working across different sectors of the school? Either way, it sounds interesting and will look forward to seeing the results.

      Oct 26, 09 5:52 am  · 

      Seems interesting especially if goal is simply to break down professional barriers between disciplines and get students acting thinking more interdisciplinarily.

      Oct 26, 09 9:39 am  · 

      From afar, I say "cool"

      But were I there, I would be a head shaker and worrier.

      Oct 26, 09 11:42 am  · 

      ...yes the situation is a bit scary- however it all depends which team you are put in- some will are being worked harder then others; but it is good the school is doing something interesting.

      Oct 26, 09 9:24 pm  · 

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