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In defence of a Defence of Stars and Icons

zaha2Austin Williams | 20 April 2015

It is a sad indictment of current architectural debate (as well as critical political debate more generally) that Patrik Schumacher’s latest article is creating such a fuss. Read more…

Critical Subjects

white on redHigher education is in crisis. This summer sees the launch of Critical Subjects, a new architectural Summer School placing the pursuit of knowledge and critical thinking at the core of education. Read more…

Of Pens and Tents: The Jaipur Literature Festival ’13

By Mrinalini Shinde | 13 February 2013

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” – J.D. Salinger (Catcher in the Rye) Read more…

Think critically, design differently

‘Critical Subjects: Architecture & Design Winter School’: Organised by mantownhuman, 17/18 November 2010

Alastair Donald | 23 December 2010

Last month, 26 eager young architecture students from cities across England, Scotland and Wales converged on central London, only to find themselves held in a windowless, basement for 24 hours, where they were engaged in eight consecutive hours of discussion; kept up all night; and then asked to sing for their suppers (and breakfasts). Read more…

A Return to Critical Thinking

Austin Williams | 7 May 2010

This November will see the inaugural Winter School in London, organised by Mantownhuman to promote critical thinking and the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake in architectural education. Here, one of the School’s founders, Austin Williams, explains the inspiration behind the event.  Read more…

Corroding the Curriculum: Sustainability versus Education

Austin Williams | February 2010 (Academic Questions, Springer Link)

This essay explores the ubiquity of the sustainability agenda in higher education in the United Kingdom (with some parallel examples from the United States) with a view to pointing out its corrosive influence on educational ambition. Read more…

Political “stranger danger” in classrooms

Austin Williams | 10 August 2009 (The Australian)

SCHOOLCHILDREN are being brainwashed with an environmental message in the classroom. Children are not just being pinned down in the classroom and force-fed what to think: it’s worse than that. The next generation – from primary schoolchildren through to college students – is being taught not to think, merely encouraged to accept the official line. Read more…

Sustainable Schools: a consultation paper

Austin Williams | 31 August 2006

Future Cities Project respond to ‘Sustainable Schools: for pupils, communities and the environment’, a consultation paper for the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Read more…

The Academics of the Madhouse

Austin Williams | 31 March 2005

Revised criteria for university research funding are causing much protest. But is the solution being argued for any better? Read more…