I asked the architecture students to tell me what interested them most from the lecture on Materials that I gave today in the studio coordinated by Patrick Flynn. They said Dave Chance’s images!
I’d been asked to talk about materials in a way that would help students with designing schools. So I started by downloading pages from Dave’s website. He travels the world photographing materials in relation to light.
To prepare for this lecture I also attended a review of the class’s proposed designs last Friday. Patrick invited me as a guest critic, but my primary goal was to find out how I could tailor today’s presentation to their needs and interests.
I decided to present my thoughts using: (1) Dave’s images to provide inspiration and (2) images of schools as a tool for conveying more pragmatic content.
I structured the talk around themes of Material Ethics, Teaching Capacity of materials, the need to Generate Knowledge regarding materials, Authenticity, and Sustainability. I titled it “How an Architect’s Material Palette Can Enhance Student Learning” with the subheading “Cultivating an Ethics of Materiality.”