Theory and Criticism

I am putting together a lecture and image-bank for first year architecture students at the Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture. The topic is "careful looking". The goal of the assignemnt is to apprentice the students in the processes of observation, description, and speculation:
to get them past, and to problematize, their first impulses to dismiss artifacts as "ugly", "useless", "art" . . . We are making use of 2 Office DA "installations" on site to trigger the discussion. However, the idea is to interpret them from various vantage points and to realize their relevance to multiple disciplines.

To start we need to try to distinguish between the following:

installation art
decorative objects
structural experiments
experiments in form-making
material studies
digital fabrications

Any insight on how one can effectively categorize objects into the above genres?

Can you point me to any resource that elaborates on distinctions such as these?

Swaleha Lalani
"careful looking" has to cunverted in to data asimilitive habit by designer can be mastered by sketching and in this times digital vidios and stills should be ideal you do the documentary explaining the finer details from the fields collected by you.
Dushyant Nathwani
Swaleha, I think this experiment is interesting, but as everyone has their own view of what has beauty and what is ugly. But a simpler way is to ask the students to go out and look for examples of what they like / dislike.

For example, almost everyone has their own idea of what a garden should be and to ask the students to go and find and draw / photograph a number of gardens they like and do not like.

Then with this raw data, you then ask the students to deduce what (design) elements in particular that they like or dislike, and in this way they can then develop an understanding of their own aesthetic taste.

For myself, I cut and collected images from a newspaper for five years and assigned them to "Good", "Bad" or "Ugly". Good meant I though the design was aesthetic, Ugly was unaesthetic and Bad was just plain nasty (as intentional bad taste).
Frank John Snelling
Swaleha, I thought and still think your programme has a lot of value. How are your students progressing?
Frank John Snelling


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