Models and Shoes
As my research concerns with architectural pedagogies my objects have been selected accordingly. What are the things that are fundamental in architectural education?
THE THING: THE MODEL
Architectural pedagogies are armed with things that are considered essential in the education of an architect: books, drawings, pens, chairs, tables, maps, and models.
Model’s making is a method of enquiry, research, experimentation and a primary medium to communicate our design’s decisions and consequently our project. Yet models are not architecture, but a mere representation, often biased and unreal. The architectural model represents the thing that I have selected. It is what in my opinion captures the essence of architectural education: laborious, intense, demanding, onerous, lengthy, self-indulgent, and even narcissistic. The model becomes the thing conceived and created by us, our baby, our Frankenstein, our dream of how the world should be. Yet the model limits us. Its materiality has the limit of representing social relations, engagement, and care with our society and nature. Very seldom models are actually used to represent the destructive impact of a new construction, they are on the other hand used to validate our intentions. The model becomes the thing that allows us to make sense of the world both the real one and the imagined one, but at the same time we have to be aware that model making and drawings are not architecture, and the image that is consequently created cannot be confused with architecture.
THE THING: SHOES
These are my shoes. 1,000 km were walked with these things in 6 weeks. Walking is way to explore the world and to become part of our environment. Shoes are also an architectural thing.