Expanding the scope of architectural education: creating a culture for students to develop global citizenship

Denicke-Polcher, Sandra (2019) Expanding the scope of architectural education: creating a culture for students to develop global citizenship. In: 5th international conference of the UK Association of Architectural Educators, Learning through Practice, 24-26 April 2019, University of Westminster. (Submitted)

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This paper describes an alternative model of architecture teaching which bridges the relationship between professional practice activities and speculative studio-based reflections. In the process, it also enables experimentation within the context of the needs of communities and offers new approaches to the designing and procuring of architecture. It argues that universities could provide an education beyond merely a chosen subject area and instead also offer to shape society by teaching citizenship to students.

The vehicle for this investigation is a project entitled Crossing Cultures, which has become part of a movement aiming to integrate migrants and refugees, who arrive on Italy’s southern coast, into the fabric of depopulated Italian villages. The paper will describe how, in developing the teaching agenda for this project with the students from The Cass at London Metropolitan University, the students obtained a clearer understanding of citizenship by experiencing the ethical and social impact they had on communities in a particular village in Southern Italy.

The paper offers a range of insights that emerge over the lifespan of such pedagogical experiments, providing an opportunity to reflect upon and understand the real-life, real-time setting for this innovative approach in architecture education, and the opportunities this brings to universities as “enablers” of such projects. It concludes that such projects can empower the next generation of architects to explore new ways of practicing, while finding a sense of fulfilment in their profession and achieving positive change for society as a whole.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: citizenship; global competences; multiple authorship; crossing cultures; collaborative learning; inter-disciplinary research
Subjects: 700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 720 Architecture
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Sandra Denicke
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 10:46
Last Modified: 13 May 2020 10:33
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5320


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