Recontextualising the Practices of Action, Wisdom and Devotion in Relation to Dialogue in Design

Lau, C. 2018. Recontextualising the Practices of Action, Wisdom and Devotion in Relation to Dialogue in Design. Il Quaderno: #MAESTRO. Spring (3), pp. 18-23.

TitleRecontextualising the Practices of Action, Wisdom and Devotion in Relation to Dialogue in Design
TypeJournal article
AuthorsLau, C.
Abstract

This paper regarding ‘Maestro’ and especially discussions on teaching which ‘operates outside of schools and conventional teaching institutions’ is approached through the notion of dialogue in design and arguments raised in the Bhagavad Gita. The latter is known for its faculty for interpretation, and ‘an apparently limitless capacity to inspire new and necessarily valid meanings’. The idea of architectural design teaching as an ongoing dialogue is fundamental and explored through narratives woven around individual interests and research. This working process is approached by means of the architectural narrative and the creation of new meanings and different readings of the work is furthered through the provision of innovation ways to encourage an ongoing dialogue with the user. The Gita is part of ‘an orally transmitted and flexible narrative tradition’, further drawn on ‘as an adjunct to various rituals, and as material for recitation in a devotional context’. More importantly, this oral tradition is not only apparent in the manners in which this text is still transmitted and used at present, but in this instance, the idea of dialogue is highly significant to the way in which the lessons in the text are conveyed. Hence the discussion concerning mentoring and working processes revolve around teachings from the Gita, particularly about 'finding something that you are good at', and how this informs a personal methodology of teaching architectural design, namely through dialogue.

Keywords'Maestro', Teaching, Dialogue, Design, Narrative
JournalIl Quaderno: #MAESTRO
Journal citationSpring (3), pp. 18-23
ISSNISBN 9788833840079
Year2018
PublisherInternational Studies Institute (ISI) Florence Architectural Series
Web address (URL)http://www.pontecorboli.com/scheda.php?codice=maestro
Publication dates
PublishedOct 2018

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