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Architectural Education Through Materiality
Pedagogies of 20th Century Design

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ISBN 9781032062082
November 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 18 Color & 98 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

What kind of architectural knowledge was cultivated through drawings, models, design-build experimental houses and learning environments in the 20th century? And, did new teaching techniques and tools foster pedagogical, institutional and even cultural renewal? Architectural Education Through Materiality: Pedagogies of 20th Century Design brings together a collection of illustrated essays dedicated to exploring the complex processes that transformed architecture’s pedagogies in the 20th century.

The last decade has seen a substantial increase in interest in the history of architectural education. This book widens the geographical scope beyond local school histories and sets out to discover the very distinct materialities and technologies of schooling as active agents in the making of architectural schools. Architectural Education Through Materiality argues that knowledge transmission cannot be reduced to ‘software’, the relatively easily detectable ideas in course notes and handbooks, but also has to be studied in close relation to the ‘hardware’ of, for instance, wall pictures, textiles, campus designs, slide projectors and even bodies.

Presenting illustrated case studies of works by architects, educators and theorists including Dalibor Vesely, Dom Hans van der Laan, Alessandro Mendini, Heinrich Wölfflin, Alfons Hoppenbrouwers, Joseph Rykwert, Pancho Guedes and Robert Cummings, and, focusing on student-led educational initiatives in Europe, the UK, North America and Australia, the book will inspire students, educators and professionals with an interest in the many ways architectural knowledge is produced and taught.

Table of Contents

Introduction: a passage to material hermeneutics

Elke Couchez & Rajesh Heynickx


Section 1: Objects on Display: Learning Through Looking

Chapter 1: From wooden blocks to Scottish tartans. Dom Hans van der Laan’s reconciliation of rational patterns and spatial experience.

Caroline Voet

Chaper 2: A Walking exhibit. Alfons Hoppenbrouwers’s visual pedagogy

Elke Couchez

Chapter 3: Clashing perspectives: Joseph Rykwert’s object lesson at Ulm School of Design.

Paul James

Chapter 4: Pancho’s passages: framing transitional objects for decolonial education in 1980s South Africa

Hannah le Roux


Section 2: Hands-on: Learning Through Manual Work

Chapter 5: Planning problems: data graphics in the education of architects and planners at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the 1940s.

Anna Vallye

Chapter 6: The Cambridge collage: Dalibor Vesely, phenomenology, and architectural design method

Joseph Bedford

Chapter 7: Little living labs: 1970s student design-build projects and the objects of experimental lifestyles

Lee Stickells


Section 3: Bodies in Space: Synesthetic Learning

Chapter 8: The body as an ultimate form of architecture. Global Tools Body Workshops

Silvia Franceschini

Chapter 9: Parallel narratives of disciplinary disruption. The bush campus as design and pedagogical concept.

Susan Holden

Chapter 10: Environmental learning revisited: cities, issues, bodies.

Isabelle Doucet


Section 4: Learning by Technologies: Audio-Visual Transmissions

Chapter 11: In the eye of the projector. Wölfflin, slides and architecture in postwar America

Rajesh Heynickx

Chapter 12: Wireless architecture: Robert Cummings’ early radio broadcasts

John Macarthur and Deborah van der Plaat

Chapter 13: The captive lecturer

James Benedict Brown



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Elke Couchez explores the intersections between intellectual history of architecture and urban design, visual studies and pedagogy. In 2018 and 2019, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow on the project "Is Architecture Art?" at the University of Queensland’s Centre for Architecture, Theory, Criticism and History. As a postdoctoral researcher at UHasselt, she teaches art and architecture history and is currently working on a research project entitled Pedagogical Tools and Design Strategies for Urban Regeneration. International Laboratory for Architecture & Urban Design (1976-2015).  

Rajesh Heynickx is a Professor in architectural theory and intellectual history at the KU Leuven (Faculty of Architecture) in Belgium. He has published in Modern Intellectual History, Modernist Cultures, Environment and History and co-edited special issues of Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture and The European Legacy. In 2018 he acted, together with Stéphane Symons, as co-editor of So What’s New About Scholasticism? How Neo-Thomism Helped Shape the Twentieth Century. Current research topics are: 20th century architectural theory and art philosophy; architectural pedagogy and knowledge transfer. Recent volumes he co-edited in 2020-2021:  Architecture Thinking across Boundaries. Epistemological Transfers in the Postwar World (1965-1995) and The Figure of Knowledge. Conditioning Architectural Theory, 1960s-1990s.