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

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Design -- Study and teaching, Pedagogy (education and praxis), Design (philosophy)


Learning to see requires practice, risk-taking, and a deliberate awakening of conscious perception. Vision which can be interpreted as an integrated human capacity that emerges from the world of lived experience, is participatory and engaged rather than detached and observatory. Learning to look - vision- is deeply subjective, emerging from experience and critical consciousness. When vision becomes clear, students become aware of what was once hidden, lost, or invisible to them. Awakened vision requires a response. Educators must teach learners to balance their vision with action.channeling 'seeing' as a force against fear, and isolation, (that so often occurs in the beginning design studio) and non-sustainable practices (that so often occurs in the pedagogy of beginning design education). Learning to look in a conscious, participatory and critical manner educates individuals to be empowered and activated by emerging visions of what the world could be.


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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