Architecture, Theory and Criticism (Urbanism)

This course is basically oriented to reflect about urbanism research methods and instruments and about its dissemination, to the theoretical construction and critical reflection. It aims to help developing researcher indispensable capacities, through exercises that allow to acquire the necessary skills and abilities and to be able to place the own investigation in a disciplinary context.

The course is based on four basic axes: READING, DRAWING, WRITING AND SPEAKING.

Reading as an ability to recognize/understand/interpret a text, in an abstract sense, a phenomenon, a case, or a study subject. To know how to read is to be able to see beyond the gaze, it is to know how to listen as well as to hear.

Drawing is the ability to represent something, a phenomenon or an idea, in metric and morphological terms. It can be a concrete thing or an abstract idea, but the degree of precision, the line value, the framing or the graphic design, are fundamental. Better an image than a thousand words…

Writing is the ability to express ideas in a common and intelligible way, with an understandable support and form to the reader. Writing is the most common means of communication, but not the best used. Each text has its goal and form. Academic conventions should not only be known, but should also be used.

Speaking is the ability to communicate our ideas verbally, but also through audio-visual tools, with various types of verbal presentations or through digital media.

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