Your checklist to get started checklist for this course…
Before we prepare a checklist to get started for this Current Issues journey, let me give you a little
background. About 17 years ago, I taught a compulsory course titled Critical Evaluation of Architecture. It was an architectural theory course at 300 level. I had never taught this before and had never been taught the same and so I saw it as an opportunity to evolve the issues that ran through my head when I was a junior (300 level student) in college (university) in the 1980s in the deep south of the USA.
Start your checklist -Dream!
I had always been a dreamy sort. The “head in the clouds” girl often lost in thought. Some said even then I had the makings of an absent minded professor (talk about self fulfilling prophecies). I always wondered what were the components of architecture. The get started checklist for current issues is a result.
The forest and the trees? – Your checklist for Architecture
Architecture is like a mysterious forest full of esoteric flora and fauna. The flora can be called structures, design, theory and history, components, materials and the list goes on.The problem of being in a forest therefore is the seeming inability to appreciate the totality of its essence. Hence the proverbial saying, “cant see the forest for the trees!”
And yet the trees make up the forest. Current issues in architectural thought and expression evolved from the Critical evaluation of Architecture to enable us see both the forest and the trees! The key elements can be identified through a getting started checklist.
Getting Current in Mode and Content
To get us to see both the forest and the trees we are using the most current tools available to convey the content of this course: The Internet. When this course first started, we went on a field trip to Abuja with the late Arc Eche Ameh and the legendary Arc Amos ‘Toye. We did not have the opportunity of watching slides and films due to our economy back then. Therefore field trips are vital.
Getting on board
Join the train and upgrade your technology skills as well. You are in good company. The video shows the checklist instructions. Remember, the sky is your stepping stone!