Good point you raise. My experience has been the opposite. I've been
delighted to see an increase in both the depth and amount of thinking in
Design Education in Australia, particularly over the last five years.
Perhaps we see different bits of the field?
Dr. Terence Love
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Subject: Killing Thinking
I am reading Mary Evans' book "Killing Thinking: The Death of the
Universities" for my reflective paper on my term as Program Director
here. And she delivers a pretty devastating indictment from a very
particular perspective. Its the story of what happened over the past
two decades to British Universities, and the story is the same for
universities in Australia. Continuous performance evaluation, funding
cutbacks, and the push for research. Did design schools in the US
escape these changes?
Would be interested in anecdotes from other countries too (Ido,
Eduardo, Can, Chris). I have read Alpay, and have heard the word
around events like Wonderground- so it looks like we have all worked
hard to adapt. But the tension between research and practice refuses
to go away. A Good Tension I think - I like.
Still I would like to hear - and this will help me in writing with a
broader context in mind. Thank you.
Dr. Soumitri Varadarajan
Industrial Design Program
School of Architecture and Design
"Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them"
- Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976)