Message - Re: masters programs/ theory

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Posted by  Paul Malo on June 27, 2002 at 13:49:36:

In Reply to:  masters programs/ theory posted by sara again on June 27, 2002 at 10:49:01:

I'm not sure what "theory" means today in Architecture. Who's a theorist? Jenks? He's an architectural writer, but does that make his comments "theory?" I think not. If you're interested in architectural criticism, today that is really journalism, not theory. As I recall a course is offered at Harvard in architectural criticism.

If your interested in stimulating conversation about architecture, there's a lot of that (well, witty at least) exchanged at the bar of the Architectural Association in London. That program generally attracts articulate architects and students. Similarly, if you seek a climate where ideas are exchanged, you might consult references that give the SAT range of students. You'll probably find it generally higher at the more prestigious universities, simply because competition for admission is greater. Also, look for faculty known for ideas, like Kenneth Framton, for instance, or Tony Vidler.

Theory is usually closely related to History of Architecture. You'll find that many "theory" courses are really courses in the history of architectural theory. This is basic, if you're interested theory beyond mere stimulating exchange of opinions or display of erudition about current continential philosopies.

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