Archive for September, 2012

The article published in english here, was also published in spanish here. Besides the language differences, it is also interesting to see, the different meaning it gets from each side. Note that @NYTimes, the title is “Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing”. The issue here is the “ART of DRAWING”. In ClarinArquitectura, the spanish site, […]

Think about this… @ Are there 78 year old architects who have been using computers for 75 years? No. Of course not. But there will be. When we try new methods of production and design, the early results can be stiff and far from our best work. But this isn’t a sign of failure. It’s […]

RIP, desktop PC? Tablets penetrate U.S. market faster than electricity This new generation of tablet-lovers is shopping, tweeting, “pinning,” browsing the news, and consuming more e-books than desktop users. Tablet growth could also lead to a shift in online education. After noticing that its students were studying on their iPads, put together this neat infographic that charts […]

Bad Data That Leads to the Wrong Answer Student evaluations are a poor indicator of professor performance. The good news is that college students often reward instructors who teach well. The bad news is that students often conflate good instruction with pleasant ambience and low expectations. As a result they also reward instructors who grade […]

Professors grades students and students evaluate theirs professor. But who evaluates how authorities handle things. From Room for Debate Professors and the Students Who Grade Them At the end of each academic term on many U.S. campuses, students complete evaluations of their course instructors. It is a process that has been criticized for years, […]

Type CHRISTOPHER C.M. LEE ⋅ AUGUST 16, 2011 The word ‘type’ comes from the Greek word typos which means ‘model, matrix, impression, mould, mark, figure in relief, original form’ and from the Latin word typuswhich means ‘figure, image, form, kind’. Common use The common understanding of ‘type’ refers to an object or artifact that belongs to a class or group […]

The Analogous Urbe: Rethinking Cerdà’s Legacy Within and Against Urbanization MARIA S. GIUDICI ⋅ MAY 27, 2012 A nonlinear relationship between theory and practice. The year 1867 marks the publication of two seminal works: Marx’s Das Kapital, and Ildefonso Cerdà’s Teoría General de la urbanización. Both books shared the same belief in the emancipatory potential of science – for […]

Architecture Left to Its Own Devices January 25th, 2010 | Edwin Gardner or How theory stopped guiding architectural practice (as published in Volume #22 The Guide but with some aditional links) In the late twentieth century, these ideological premises shifted from a 5-point manifesto to the import of -isms such as deconstructivism, structuralism, and rationalism. These -isms evolved […]



Finally, an Ethnography of Design March 29th, 2010 | Edwin Gardner March 29th, 2010 | Edwin Gardner Albena Yaneva (knowingly or not) took up Reyner Banham’s challenge as formulated 20 years ago in his Black Box essay; to venture into what architects actually ‘do’ and to do this through psychological and anthropological research into the messy reality […]

Forces to reckon with in an evolving landscape of change by Kishani de Silva @designintelligence Forces to reckon with in an evolving landscape of change August 31, 2012 · by Kishani de Silva Volatile markets, fluctuating indices, an industry hard hit. It is the inevitable zeitgeist; a stress and strain factor on both existing firms and new […]