This text examines the relationship between the built form and culture and serves as an introduction to thinking philosophically about design theory for students in interior design and architecture. Through a series of primary and secondary reading selections written by important architects, critics, and thinkers, students are introduced to paradigms and models for interpreting the built environment and encouraged to think on their own about their designs for the built environment. Readings and subsequent "Dialogues," or exchange of ideas and stories, encourage design considerations and facilitate holistic thinking in the design process. Features: -- Focuses on skills such as critical thinking and problem solving -- Selected readings appropriate for all levels - from foundation to advanced courses -- Weekly assignments consisting of short written responses to the readings "Dialogues" -- Final assignment to write a "Personal Manifesto" -- Appendix includes glossary of key terms and extensive bibliography -- Instructor's Guide includes suggestions for additional practice-based and research-based assignments
Dan Bucsescu and Michael Eng are both based at the Pratt Institute.