Indeed, that statement is precisely what separated a generation of young architectural theorists like Hays from “the received models of modernist functionalism and the positivist analyses that had re-emerged in the guises of behaviorism, sociology, and operations research in the 1960s.”12 Students would benefit from knowing a bit more about the history of theory and the interventions that it made, not as a matter of disclosure but as a means of helping them draw the cognitive map necessary for situating the course within a much broader realm of architectural discourse. Clearly, the field of higher education has shifted dramatically in the last 114 years, and elite institutions are returning to the meaning and value of perforation-extension as they try to maintain their cultural and market hegemony. John Ruzicka, email to Kevin Block, “Re: Architectural Imagination—Introduction and Request for Information,” September 11, 2017. Articles that list ‘20 free online courses from Harvard’ (for example) have become popular and drive web traffic to our enrollment page...Another point that we’re examining is the completion rate—how do the learners from Brazil compare to U.S.–based learners in this course that is considered to be academically rigorous? One can assume that the faculty involved in “The Architectural Imagination,” like Ware, aimed to make architectural education more accessible, but this newest chapter in the history of distance education has been written in an incredibly different cultural context. The second and fourth modules of the course then consider perspective and typology as techniques used for expressing the architectural imagination. The first part of the course introduces the idea of the architectural imagination. “This is just some guy simply helping you see,” said the renowned professor of architectural history at the University of California, Berkeley. Then we address technology as a component of architecture. Nevertheless, since the performative dimension of online education is essential to the course’s success—and is in fact revealing of some of its basic presuppositions—performance can and should be respectfully addressed. But does “The Architectural Imagination” really represent a more “public-minded sensibility” than the days of autonomy, as Hawthorne implies? For legitimate pedagogical reasons, someone or something needs to grab the online student’s attention and inspire him or her to maintain focus. Perspective drawing and architectural typology are explored and you will be introduced to some of the challenges in writing architectural history. Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form. “This isn’t Lord Kenneth Clark telling you the high points of Western culture,” insisted Kostof, referring to the landmark BBC series Civilization that first aired in 1969. Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard University, Professor of Architectural History; Director of Graduate Studies, Harvard University, G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology; Technology Director of Research, Harvard University, Instructor in Architecture, Harvard University. In February of 2017, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and edX, a provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs) based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, released “ The Architectural Imagination ,” a free, self-paced introduction to architectural theory and history. The slides, labeled with typewritten catalog numbers, appear as if they are resting on a light table. These conventions and this assumption need to be questioned if online courses are going to develop their own audiovisual language. Send Email. The Architectural Imagination (HarvardX) In K. Michael Hays’s HarvardX course, The Architectural Imagination, learners explore fundamental architectural concepts through various “making-as-learning” activities, like building a cardboard model of Aldo Rossi’s Cuneo Memorial and designing a pied-à-terre in the style of Le Corbusier. 1 (Winter 2011): 7–19. And like the Grand Tours of yesteryear, completed by young amateurs from the European elite, this requires substantial financial investment and a well-coordinated collective effort. The postage system for Ware was therefore a means of supplementing, not replacing, a studio-based education.5, Mark Wigley, former dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, once characterized Ware’s vision in terms of “perforating” the architecture school, a radical attempt to make it act “as a dense laboratory for the deterritorialization of architectural knowledge” through the vectors of graduates and publications.6 Ware and his late-nineteenth-century academic colleagues thought about this vision in terms of “extending” architecture, as in the Progressive Era campaign to bring town and gown closer together through extension schools and to study urban problems like sanitation, housing, and public education in order to reform them. Then we address technology as a component of architecture. But to replace some of those first-semester face-to-face courses with xMOOCs is a different matter altogether. Wittkower produced these diagrams to make a series of comparisons possible, comparisons that allowed, in turn, for the identification of an underlying structure to Palladio’s built works based on a system of harmonic proportions and the manipulation of spatial units. Kevin Block is a doctoral student in the Rhetoric Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Its production involves all of the technical, aesthetic, political, and economic issues at play within a given society. These students are far less likely to encounter alternative models or modes of analysis by proximity to a vibrant diversity of architectural thought and production. This persistent interest in supplementing face-to-face education, whether under the guise of democratizing architectural education or commoditizing it, suggests that claims about the inherent materiality, spatiality, or technicality of architectural practice have never been able to rebuff creative attempts at translating these attributes through a variety of media to reach new, larger student communities. Architecture is one of the most complexly negotiated and globally recognized cultural practices, both as an academic subject and a professional career. Perspective drawing and architectural typology are explored and you will be introduced to some of the challenges in writing architectural history. Harvard University are offering you the chance to live out that fantasy. The first part of the course introduces the idea of the architectural imagination. Students who enroll in “The Architectural Imagination” are being introduced to topics and methods in isolation from the variety of ideas, and the often stimulating energy, that circulate throughout a brick-and-mortar architecture school. See also Anthony C. Robinson, “Mapping a MOOC Reveals Global Patterns in Student Engagement,” the Chronicle of Higher Education, January 11, 2016, link. This separation of theory from theorist, an effect of publication, has a way of attenuating the need for body awareness that video recordings demand. Its purpose is twofold: to articulate new perspectives on the challenges facing designers, and to demonstrate the pertinence of issues to a broader range of international discussions. Enrollment statistics for “The Architectural Imagination” are both impressive and surprising. The first part of the course introduces the idea of the architectural imagination. And a half century later, in 1987, America’s Public Broadcasting System (PBS) released Spiro Kostof’s “America by Design” television series, which purposefully toed the line between public education and popular entertainment. Long Live Online Higher Education,” the Chronicle of Higher Education, August 26, 2016. We go inside to consider the interior’s equipment and furnishings; its textures, colors, and atmospheres; its light and acoustics; its relationships with the body and the senses; and its potential to organize and influence human behavior, […] In February of 2017, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and edX, a provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs) based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, released “The Architectural Imagination,” a free, self-paced introduction to architectural theory and history. It demarcates a cognitive space where, in Paul Guyer’s words, “architecture is thought of as expressing and communicating abstract ideas, not just aiming for beauty and utility.”10 For Hays, this is the space where architectural autonomy supposedly emerges, where architecture thinks and speaks its own language as a mode of knowledge. It asked the question of whether there is architectural knowledge as such, an understanding of architecture removed from the externalities that so often drive our discussions of the built environment.9. In this course, you will learn how to ‘read’ architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement. The first part of the course introduces the idea of the architectural imagination. You will learn about architecture’s power of representation and see how it can produce collective meaning and memory. EdX has not disclosed what percentage of these students have chosen to pay $99 for a certificate of completion, which would make them eligible to receive the continuing education credits for the American Institute of Architect’s licensing program, but one can safely assume that this group of payees constitutes a small minority, given the geographic distribution of enrollees.1, MOOC mania peaked in 2013, and the current consensus among those who have remained interested in the development of higher education is that courses like “The Architectural Imagination” need to be evaluated on merit, as one might a new monograph or scientific journal article, rather than as a technological panacea or plague. In the middle of the nineteenth century, the domestic pattern books of Alexander Jackson Davis and Samuel Sloan brought fragments of architectural theory to the carpenters and builders of small-town, antebellum America. Given the importance of pedagogical modeling, one begins to question the conservatism of the course’s format. This affective challenge is by no means trivial in an online learning scenario in which the student attrition rate is notoriously high. ↩, For a historical overview of the ICS, see James D. Watkinson, “‘Education for Success’: The International Correspondence School of Scranton, Pennsylvania,” the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, vol. That seems like such an old question. He is completing a dissertation on the emergence of architectural expertise in postbellum New York. “He develops a syntax, a language, a form,” Naginski states, referring to Wittkower while signaling the course’s linguistic leitmotif: He’s interested in Renaissance architecture as an explicitly—and these are his words—as an explicitly “mathematical science which worked with spatial units.” Wittkower’s whole analysis along these lines can be understood as a philosophical exercise, not an historical analysis in which thinking and reason emerge as the defining characteristics of the architect. Hays begins the ten-module course ambitiously, by defining the term “imagination” in a more rigorously philosophical sense than how it’s typically used in common parlance, as merely a synonym for creativity. For a general introduction to MOOCs, of which there are now several, see Jonathan Haber, MOOCs (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014). This results in the dreaded “sage-on-stage” lecture format that often appears in online courses as a de facto strategy—which is fine in some scenarios, even despite what we know about its limitations for student learning, though perhaps not the most appropriate way to conduct a survey course on architecture that wants to stimulate thought rather than simply transmitting a version of history. Then we address technology as a component of architecture. ↩, Christopher Hawthorne, “Harvard’s First Online Course: Does It Make the Grade?” the Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2017, link. The Harvard Graduate School of Design and HarvardX’s The Architectural Imagination course on edX has truly tapped into a global audience of learners who are passionate about architecture. The term was coined in the late nineteenth century to describe habits of Victorian ornamentation. To evaluate a MOOC on merit, however, requires disciplinary familiarity. ↩, “The content of writing is speech, just as the written word is the content of print, and print is the content of the telegraph.” Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1994), 8. The Architectural Imagination Certificate from Harvard University - HarvardX will teach you how to understand architecture as both cultural expression and technical achievement. Perspective drawing and architectural typology are explored and you will be introduced to some of the challenges in writing architectural history. In Ware’s vision, which was informed by the tight scheduling of institutional life at the modern American research university, where there never was and never has been enough credit hours in a day to fully prepare a student for the complexities of a changing profession like architecture, students would learn the basics of practice through the mail so that they could focus on becoming fine artists when they arrived on campus. In this regard, the utilization of various animations to supplement Hays’s lectures on Le Corbusier’s famed Dom-Ino system in the seventh module and his lectures on Peter Eisenman’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in the tenth and final module begin to chart a path that other online course designers can follow. His research interests lie in architectural history and theory, especially the history of architectural education. Technological advances changed what could be built, and even what could even be thought of as architecture. The course, led by K. Michael Hays, features lectures by Erika Naginski and Antoine Picon, all of whom are on Harvard’s faculty. Carolyn Tiernan, “Sparking the Architectural Imagination: HarvardX Learners Share Their Work,” edX Blog, June 28, 2017, link. On labor issues related to online education, see Robert A. Rhoads, MOOCs, High Technology, and Higher Learning (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015). The Kostof quote comes from Patricia Leigh Brown, “A TV Series on the Buildings of America,” the New York Times, September 24, 1987. Now, in a period many have likened to a Second Gilded Age, a university as hallowed as Harvard has released a MOOC. It goes one step beyond the analogy of architecture as language and begins to suggest theory as an effect of textuality, or a mode of knowledge that emerges through particular forms of interaction that are mediated by technology and culture. Hays fulfills that role. ↩, K. Michael Hays, ed., Architectural Theory since 1968 (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998), xiii. The median age of students is twenty-six, which is younger than average for HarvardX courses (the university’s online learning platform) and far younger than the retired, lifelong learner that one might imagine sitting in the back of the virtual lecture hall. Take William Robert Ware, the so-called father of architectural education in the United States. There is an enormous amount of graphic documentation about the Crystal Palace that is included in this section, and one yearns for Picon to have the opportunity to interact with these documents and show, perhaps at his office table and even in the archives, how he goes about making sense of the historical material. The “paper palaces” of these architectural treatises not only codified architectural practice but also disseminated architectural theory to a wider community than the Albertian elite, including those who did not speak the classical languages. Still, the big question that Hays tries to pose at the outset is what it might mean to think about architecture as an independent language, and that question seems absolutely appropriate. 53, no. Watching “The Architectural Imagination” with Marshall McLuhan’s famous dictum that the content of a medium is always another medium, it is clear that the structure of this online course—like most others—is still nostalgically conceptualized through the structure of an offline course.13 For example, consider the course’s title sequence and the introductions to each module, which might seem trivial upon first viewing. My thinking on faculty labor has been especially informed by Colleen Lye and James Vernon, “The Erosion of Faculty Rights,” the Chronicle of Higher Education, May 19, 2014, link. Referring to the introductory module to the course, Hawthorne jokes that a Hays doppelgänger has somehow replaced the impenetrable avant-gardist intellectual he previously encountered and struggled to understand: The Hays I know—the Hays I’ve seen give lectures and interview architects onstage and whose essays I’ve tried again and again, in headachy attempt after headachy attempt, to hack my way through—is not known for an especially accessible or public-minded sensibility. Demographic statistics for student participation have been provided to me via email by John Ruzicka, a HarvardX business development consultant. That Naginski’s rhetorical style brings another voice to the proverbial table makes it all the more noticeable that there is never another voice that is literally at the table. We won’t come up with a relevant answer unless architecture’s MOOC experiment continues. Traditionally, the ekphrastic exercise involved in surveys has made use of an extensive pedagogical apparatus, including casts, photographic slides, and miniature models, which, like dramatic props, are meant to relocate the student from the classroom to the building site. What is the Harvard Architectural Imagination course? This is a community page for "The Architectural Imagination," a free online course from the Harvard University Graduate School of … 120, no. The course, led by K. Michael Hays, features lectures by Erika Naginski and Antoine Picon, all of whom are on Harvard… Learn fundamental principles of architecture — as an academic subject or a professional career — by studying some of history’s most important buildings. 69, no. The Architecture Review Group takes a university-wide lens towards enterprise architecture opportunities and practices to make informed technology decisions, especially in cases where there is the potential for broad impact, significant architectural change, the involvement of multiple university groups, or significant investment. This makes perfect sense if xMOOCs help incoming students develop knowledge, skills, or self-confidence prior to their first semester of coursework. Here, the possible plurality of thought that one might otherwise encounter within the social space of the school can at least partially be found in the rhetorical style of the lecture itself. Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form. According to representatives of edX, in the five-month period between the course’s release date and the end of June 2017, more than 115,000 students had enrolled, a number that is likely larger than the enrollment of all offline architectural theory courses offered in the United States combined. “Architecture is not just about the need for shelter or the need for a functional building,” Hays claims in his opening to the course. “The Architectural Imagination’s” somewhat conservative relationship to architectural media is most evident in the fifth module of the course, wherein Antoine Picon lectures on Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace Exhibition building of 1851 and the broader impact of technology on architecture. Ware is most remembered as the founder of architecture programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University, but he was also the creator of an architecture course for the International Correspondence School (ICS) of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form. One pedagogical habit that I noticed in Naginski’s lectures was a commitment to asking counterfactual questions and posing “How might we…?” scenarios, a habit that seems to be especially important for online coursework. The Architectural Imagination. Teaching style is also highly personal. In skeuomorphic design, which often emerges in periods of rapid technological change, ‘an object or feature imitates the design of a similar artifact made from another material.’ In Classical Greece, for example, architectural features made in stone often took the form of older, more conventional wooden features. To set things right, I asked the professor and the producer of the course, Lisa Haber-Thomson, if they would be willing to be interviewed about his pedagogy, the choice to use jargon and difficulty, and the newly … Architectural Imagination has really givimg me alot of knowledge in the field of Architectural Practice. ↩, For the most current publicly available data on the growth of MOOCs, see “By the Numbers: MOOCs in 2016,” a report based on data collected by Class Central, link. In the second module, Erika Naginski discusses perspective through a reading of Rudolf Wittkower’s Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism, a classic text first published in 1949 (when the depoliticization of the so-called Modern Movement, and its remaking as the idea of an “International Style,” was well under way).11 If Hays performs architectural theory as a virtuoso act of philosophical improvisation in the first module, Naginski’s module on perspective successfully conveys the idea that architectural theory is a product of close reading. In short, counterfactual analysis can promote historiographical awareness, a mode of critical thinking. ↩, For a more extended account of Ware’s relationship with the International Correspondence School, see my forthcoming dissertation, Drawn Apart: Abstraction and the Formation of Architectural Expertise in Postbellum New York, to be submitted in May 2018. That gambit is a leap of faith. There are some new online course providers that try to replicate the diversity of thought that a good art school would make present through the interaction design of their platform—I think of Kadenze, a for-profit company started in 2015 by a retired Princeton University music professor and now backed by a number of high-profile academic and industrial partners. Architectural educators across time and place have repeatedly looked to supplement or transcend the limitations of curricula centered on what the EdTech and cognitive science communities now refer to as “physical co-presence.” While office or studio-based education, whether in the master’s bottega or the national academy's ateliers, has long been pedagogically dominant, it has rarely existed in isolation. In this course, you will learn how to "read" architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement. You will discover ways that innovative technology can enable and promote new aesthetic experiences, or disrupt age-old traditions. Nothing presumably is lost when incoming college students are asked to complete a summer course—an xMOOC—in advance of their enrollment. Architecture Business. But if digitally re-creating an environment of heterogeneous thinking is the problem, then the solution is not always technological. An unrelenting series of severe close-ups fix him to his chair and make his presentation feel somewhat stilted. In every module of “The Architectural Imagination,” professors appear by themselves, never together. ↩, John Ruzicka, my contact at HarvardX, offers the following thoughts: “While we typically see high enrollments from South America (particularly from Brazil), it’s atypical for Brazil to make up such a large percentage. The first part of the course introduces the idea of the architectural imagination as a faculty that mediates sensuous experience and conceptual understanding. Hays calls the memorial “a peripatetic architecture,” and indeed the camera and animations are essential for demonstrating what operations really put the project in motion. ↩, For a recent, compelling critique of Hays’s autonomy project, see Nathaniel Coleman, “The Myth of Autonomy,” Architecture Philosophy—Journal of the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, vol. You are now reading “Autonomy Online: A Review of edX’s “The Architectural Imagination”” by Kevin Block. In “The Architectural Imagination,” how the faculty participants make their presentation, including what we might call the course’s scenography, is in the end more noteworthy than the course content itself. Finally, we'll confront architecture’s complex relationship to its social and historical contexts and its audiences, achievements, and aspirations. Harvard University is offering a free online course on Architectural Imagination. It guards that separation with its life.8, The separation that Hawthorne refers to—architecture’s “autonomy” as a discourse—was never just a philosophical position; it was also a sociological phenomenon, a strategy of withdrawal formulated in the late 1970s and early 1980s to survive stagflation and the chaos of postmodernism. Architecture engages a culture's deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form. When Hays refers to the drawing set for the Villa Savoye, those drawings are redrawn layer by layer or exploded into their constituent parts to show how the layout was determined by a factor like the turning radius of an automobile or by an internal circulation path. Harvard University offers 10 weeks online course on The Architectural Imagination via Edx. Instead he represents an approach to teaching architecture and architectural theory that has held sway in the American academy for at least a generation. Normally, architectural theory appears as critical discourse in the pages of a journal, detached from bodies that were disciplined for campus and conference interactions, not the computer screen. As I mentioned before, Hays begins the course by stating that “Architecture is not just about the need for shelter or the need for a functional building.” That’s a simple enough statement and one that might not warrant too much discussion, but it is polemical nonetheless. Then we address technology as a component of architecture. The preponderance of Brazilian students surely says something about the globalization of architectural culture and the unequal distribution of interest in architectural theory, though my intention is not to start that discussion right now.14 Instead, given their virtual presence, how should that affect the way educators introduce architectural theory and history to the next generation of students? Established in 1890, the ICS was a for-profit distance-learning company that invested in low-cost, machine-powered printing presses and leveraged federal subsidies for United States Postal Service programs like Rural Free Delivery to provide affordable instruction to students from working-class and agricultural backgrounds.4 Ware, in many ways a conservative pedagogue and a strong believer in a liberal architectural education, thought that correspondence education was a way to raise the level of incoming talent to architecture schools from the bottom up, and thereby legitimate the new discipline of architecture to some of his skeptical academic colleagues. Is a fantastic course and i thank the organizers and our lectures. The first part of the course introduces the idea of the architectural imagination as a faculty that mediates sensuous experience and conceptual understanding. The sequence reveals that “The Architectural Imagination” was produced with particular filmic conventions in mind, conventions that are, in turn, anchored in an educational experience—looking at slides in the darkened lecture hall, working in the crowded studios of Gund Hall—that is assumed to be more primary than the experience that newer educational technologies make possible. Distinguishing between xMOOCs (courses put together by colleges and universities that center on faculty and traditional course objectives, like demonstration of competency through tests) and cMOOCs (courses devoted to more open-ended objectives that center on supporting a network of self-directed learners), Rhoads reports, “Early MRI research findings tend to show the xMOOCs as preparatory or developmental courses offered to incoming college students may be quite helpful. Ultimately, what emerges from this is the autonomy of architecture itself. ↩, Rudolf Wittkower, Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism (New York: Norton, 1971), originally published in 1949. “In some ways, it’s just what exceeds necessity that is architecture.” Anyone who knows Hays’s work, including his essays and editorial selections for Architecture Theory Since 1968, will be familiar with this jumping-off point. And this is what’s demonstrated through the diagrams. In this HarvardX online course, you will learn how to “read” architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement. Is it a visual cue that primes the baby boomer or the Gen Xer for the kind of on-campus educational experience that he or she might have experienced in the past? 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