SBSE Retreat 2003
Theme: Architecture as Pedagogy
Leonard Bachman, University of Houston
The 2003 SBSE Summer Retreat theme is Architecture as Pedagogy. This topic
focuses on relationships between the messages we deliver about buildings
and the buildings we deliver the messages from. We take the Lewis Center
for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College as a natural and handy example
based on the philosophy of its director, David
Orr. Our conversation will
revolve around the manifestations of architectural and environmental wisdom
in buildings where the lessons are acted out in explicit and instructional
ways. See David Orr's article, Architecture as Pedagogy
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Session 1: Teaching and the Facilities it Happens In
What environmental attitudes are communicated by the places where you teach?
What are the connections and rifts between the lessons and the teaching/learning
environment? What do students learn about the veracity of our lessons from
the examples of these places?
Connections and reinforcement of lessons
Rifts and dissonance
Session 2: Greening the Campus
At the village scale, how are campuses acting to form patches of green infrastructure in the overall network of cities?
Session 3: Design Typologies for Environmental Study Centers
How does "design for design" in the mode of environmental design for environmental
centers translate into architecture as pedagogy?
Typological elements and their symbolic impact
Invisible technologies made visible
Metering, automation, and other data display
Session 4: Case Studies in Architecture as Pedagogy
Aside from the Oberlin CES and the Florida A&M College of Architecture
facilities, what other exemplar works can we refer to when examining buildings
and the pedagogical elements of their design?
Discuss at least two case study examples that you personally favor.
Distribute a list of references on each building.
Everyone will bring a personal "hot topic" from their last year's experience to
share. This might have some interest for new directions to
pursue, teaching strategies and projects, or whatever happened
outside of the ordinary since the last retreat.