Architectural design education between poetry and prose

M. Herr Christiane (Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Publication date: 11 November 2013

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine how poetry and prose relate to each other in the context of architectural design education. While the two notions tend to be presented as distinct opposites, this paper shows how design processes are made possible by designers moving dynamically between poetic and prosaic viewpoints.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper illustrates and supports the argument made in the paper through a series of images taken from an educational case study. The case study further shows how perceptions of poetry and prose can vary between different cultural backgrounds.

Findings

Building on the case study, the paper shows how architectural design education teaches students to establish links between poetic and prosaic realms in a dynamic and flexible manner. The discussion further provides a basis for understanding how perceptions of the prosaic and poetic can be understood as choices made by observers.

Research limitations/implications

Limitations of this paper arise from the specificity of the reported case study and its reliance on the personal experience of the author as a teacher of architectural design primarily at universities within the greater China area.

Originality/value

This paper shows how the learning to move between perceptions of poetic and prosaic is employed in architectural designing and taught in architectural education. In discussing designers' moving between perceptions of poetic and prosaic, the paper relates epistemologies of cybernetics, design, traditional Chinese thought and radical constructivism.

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Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank her students Chen Linjie and Yu Xiaole for sharing their work and experiences as well as for their comments to this paper.

Citation

M. Herr, C. (2013), "Architectural design education between poetry and prose", Kybernetes, Vol. 42 No. 9/10, pp. 1404-1412. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-10-2012-0074

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