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Public Crits in Architectural Design Education: Some critical reflections

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author SilberbergerJan,
Project Design Research in Architecture
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Charrette
Volume (Issue) 6(2)
Page(s) 95 - 105
Title of proceedings Charrette

Open Access


Critiques (crits), which are a key form of interaction between teachers and students in the studio, are often reduced to static instances of a one-way knowledge transfer. Based on an ethnographic study of studio teaching at five leading European architecture schools, and referring to a concept of designing developed by design theorist Horst Rittel, the paper at hand discusses the rather passive role of students during crits as a shortcoming that has to be remediated for unlocking the full potential of the design studio approach.