Two Sides of the Story: Film and Food in Architectural Education

By Jane Lawrence and Rachel Hurst.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The pedagogical approach of the collaborative first-year Architecture and Interior Architecture Studio valorises self and individuality, and aims to resist the homogenising effects of globalisation. It enables students to take ownership of projects which allows them to express their cultural, social and familial backgrounds with rich and varied responses. By gaining a better understanding of what constitutes identity—both in a personal, local and global context—students are able to consider ethical, environmental, cultural and social responsibilities of dwelling and place.

An adaptive teaching mechanism that stimulates students’ learning and identity is projects that exploit unorthodox alliances between universal cultural devices. In addressing the experiential differences of the student demographic two cultural observations can be relied upon: students are cinematically savvy; they enjoy the visual stimulation, narratives and escapism of film. The other, more tangential to architectural education, is that they eat.

Associations with film and design exploit parallel preoccupations with space, perception and visual scene setting. Similarly food defines cultures and is intimately connected to the same criteria that define architecture - place, time, materiality and the senses. Both devices act as a portal between cultures. This paper describes and illustrates these two flexible and accommodating teaching strategies.

Keywords: Pedagogy, Design Studio, Cinema, Food

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp.221-230. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.877MB).

Jane Lawrence

Senior Lecturer, Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Jane Lawrence is the Interior Architecture Program Director at the University of South Australia and the interior architecture design studio stream coordinator. Jane’s research areas are concerned with the fields of design pedagogy and alliances between design food, domesticity and the everyday and which unite teaching and learning practices with scholarly research. With colleague Rachel Hurst, Jane has produced a series of artworks which have been exhibited locally and nationally. She has written 2 book chapters with Rachel and together, they are working on another book for a renowned Australian interior designer. Jane is also currently co-curating 2 exhibitions for 2009 and 2010.

Rachel Hurst

Senior Lecturer, Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Rachel Hurst is a Senior Lecturer in the architecture program at the University of South Australia, where she coordinates the architectural design studio stream. With colleague Jane Lawrence she has exhibited 6 collections of joint works based upon their research in domesticity, the everyday and associations with food and architecture. Together they have written extensively on design pedagogy. Rachel also researches contemporary Australian modernism, writes regularly for the major Australian design journals, and was convenor of the 2007 Society of Architectural Historians Australasia and New Zealand 24th International Conference. In 2008 she was awarded a commendation in the Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize.


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