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Proceedings of the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

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Architecture -- Research, Design -- Study and teaching, Design (philosophy)


The words we use and the concepts they represent affect how we see, think and talk about the world. Each community of knowledge (e.g., Architecture, Physics, Sociology, etc.) has a language that is specific to that community or discipline. Membership in a community of knowledge involves learning the community's language and developing an understanding of the concepts that it identifies. Our level of understanding of a community's language can either obscure or clarify-it can help or hinder communication. The degree to which we understand the language and concepts of a community of knowledge is directly related to our ability to iearn and develop within that community. The shared language makes communication within the community more efficient and supports greater discrimination, subtlety and nuance. As we talk to ourselves and each other we sharpen our ability to think and construct a community of knowledge.


Presented at the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. March 14-16, 2002.

© Portland State University, published by Portland State University, Department of Architecture

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