A short thought…

… about teaching architecture:

Reading an article about Google Streetview and dogs in the Zeit Magazin ( > Haustiere: Hunde unverpixelt ) from last Thursday I found a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson which fired up my ongoing thoughts about teaching architecture, maybe it is even about teaching in general.

„Never try to make anyone like yourself. You know, and God knows, that one of you is enough.“

> Ralph Waldo Emerson


How is it, when we do critics in architecture, what do we tell our students about their project? Do we really try to help them evaluate their proper ideas or develop them their own way, with all our experience? Doesn’t the teachers‘ pen very often try to propose other solutions instead? Isn’t everything mixed up with ones‘ own ideas and visions?

And: how did our teachers do?

No answer, and also no more words about this topic, just verbalizing some thought before starting the summer semester 2013 – for me an important one though. (summer!? it’s freezing in Bavaria, around zero degree celsius today…)

Maybe spring will bring up some answers.

By the way: Unfortunately, I didn’t find the original source of Emersons‘ quote till now. The German translation in the Zeit Magazin already does not seem that correct leaving away the notion of God…, so I am afraid that this will be some difficult task.