Concepts: why do we even have them?

Posted on Oct 18, 2018 in design, teaching | No Comments

In the year since I last wrote here (I know—I have been very bad) I have continued to think about why we even teach concepts in the first place. I have also authored a new course on architectural history and philosophy (hopelessly ambitious in its cross-cultural and temporal reach) which was the equivalent of writing […]

3 More Darlings

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 in design, philosophy, teaching | No Comments

Another semester has gone into the books, and I am pleased to say by dint of great struggle, most of my students managed to avoid the temptations and cliches (and OK, maybe I encouraged them very strongly) that were driving me a little crazy the previous semesters. However, they were not completely immune to jumping […]

Scientific Fiction

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 in design, reading | No Comments

This past week I have been helping friends pack to move, and the task I have been working on in particular is boxing a lot of old science fiction magazines and monthly anthologies, the earliest of which is from 1939. Through great effort, I have managed for the most part to avoid perusing things as […]

3 Darlings I’d Like to Kill

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 in design, teaching | No Comments

Last week was a disaster on the political front, so I am going to tackle some itty bitty evils just to get in practice for the larger ones we will be struggling with for years. Specifically, there are 3 things I am really tired of seeing in student projects, and I can basically guarantee that […]

No They’re There

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in design, teaching | No Comments

One of my personal privileges is that I meet a lot of young adults who are still very much in the process of forming their opinions about things, usually without the benefit of relevant experience. My undergrads take a binary approach to gender as pretty much given, for example, even the ones who push the […]