[take up space]
The past week has been a wonderful experience of working with 14 bright students in the undergraduate program at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto. An intensive 2-week design build course where we are asking some critical questions about the role of experimentation and practicality in Architecture while creating a device to “take up space” for a community organization advocating for equity and social justice. This research has been a long-time coming and it has grown from a close relationship with the community organization and various consultations over the past 7 months.
We are asking difficult questions and providing the space for the students to be more critical, and to not rely simply on their design skills. It has been an amazing experience and we’ve all learned so much from each other. Providing a safe space which encourages critical thinking is what we have been trying to achieve with this course. A huge thanks to Andrew Winchur and his thoughts, theories, and popular education techniques which have been extremely helpful. I am continuing to learn about learning, teaching and facilitating and constantly asking questions. Paolo Freire’s opposition of the “banking concept of education” has been something on my mind for some time now and I am understanding it more and more as I continue to have the privilege of teaching.