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Re: Structure for practice based PhD

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Eduardo Corte Real <[log in to unmask]>

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Eduardo Corte Real <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 10 Aug 2009 17:47:56 +0100

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Dear David and Martin,

Maybe I’ll manage to address the issues you raised both in one post.

A few days ago when President Obama stressed the fact that he had 
inherited an economy in disaster someone wrote that he was trying to 
write History because who writes History gains the Future.

Design History has been written as if the Design institutionalization 
had evolved from arts and crafts (very low profile activity) and arrived 
to higher education in a very low HE hierarchic position (and stayed 
there until little by little entered University Departments and in 
Schools entering universities as a poor relative that comes up just to 
embarrass us).

This story obliterates the other history line that is originated in the 
Fine Arts and one amongst the three loving ones, Architecture.

Architecture, since the Renaissance was a complete superior activity 
fully liberal and highly respected as you find from your “Christopher 
Wrens”. In the institutionalization of Design what really happens is 
that the lower line of arts and crafts teaching climbs up to meet the 
higher architecture teaching line and also maybe Painting and Sculpture 
(I don’t know about what happened in your countries but Art students 
here had to know part of the human Anatomy as well as the Medicine 
students).

The intellectual proposal of the Bauhaus was highly determined by this 
fact and the push that modernism in art gave to society was as important 
as the theory of relativity if not more.

So here we are, by oblivion probably, asking ourselves what Design (or 
Art) Research should be so that it could still be research and also be 
design (or Art).

My suggestion is that we should really check things out. How did they 
really happen a probably re-write Design History and once and for all 
erase the importance of the meaning you give to Design as a mental human 
activity inherent to every discipline. What matters is how design 
institutions evolved, meaning: Design Schools 8and university 
departments, Design Museums, Design Stores, Design Professional 
Associations. And, and … and this is a big and, try to see what these 
institutions out of English speaking countries were and are.

Maybe we can finally define a Designology as Tufan Orel pretended and 
make the perfect Design Professor.

So here we arrive to the duality David wrote about. Why not all in one? 
A Designologist both practitioner and researcher?

Cheers,

Eduardo

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