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Intercultural awareness for architetural students


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This is a presentation prepared for the introduction week at BOUWKUNDE, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft. In this presentation, I introduce MindMaps as a tool for intercultural awareness.

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Intercultural awareness for architetural students

  1. 1. !"#$%#&'&#((%() *!$+#$,)-U URBANISM !"#$%!&'()"*+(%,!-$ ."/0'-#-1, Introduction Week Bouwkunde What is a good architect? Mind Maps for Bouwkunde
  2. 2. Welcome to Bouwkunde!
  3. 3. our building today
  4. 4. our building today
  5. 5. our building before
  6. 6. May 2008
  7. 7. May 2008
  8. 8. we bounced back
  9. 9. we bounced back
  10. 10. we bounced back
  11. 11. we bounced back
  12. 12. we bounced back
  13. 13. we bounced back
  14. 14. Why are we here?
  15. 15. Internationalisation of the university
  16. 16. In the last few years, the number of international students at BK has risen, from a mere 38 in 2003 to 185 in 2010. Currently, approximately 22% of all Masters students are internationals.
  17. 17. Internationalisation: student body teachers subjects
  18. 18. The ‘emerging global university’ entails ‘a curriculum permeated by awareness that political, economic, social, and cultural phenomena in any part of the world can no longer be fully understood in isolation’. ( Richard C. Levin, former president of Yale University:
  19. 19. “Increased interdependence requires that the leaders and citizens of tomorrow have cross-cultural awareness (…). In both their private and public lives, the students of today will find that the outside world cannot be ignored”.
  20. 20. “To an unprecedented extent, the careers of the next generation will be global in scope (…). Students need to be prepared for interaction around the globe, in the personal challenges they confront as well as the public challenges we face together”.
  21. 21. what does internationalisation mean for the culture of the institution?
  22. 22. like-amsterdam/402322/ Specific knowledge (like the Dutch experiences in water management…
  23. 23. …and housing) is highly appreciated in an international arena.
  24. 24. By being able to put local knowledge in an internationalised context, typically Dutch experiences are highlighted and more valued.
  25. 25. Several international PhD candidates and master students conduct comparisons between Dutch experiences and experiences in their own countries. This is a very effective way to disseminate ‘Dutch knowledge’.
  26. 26. but there are challenges ahead
  27. 27. • Diverse architectural and study traditions • Different understandings of what an architectural education entails • Multiple understandings of the role of architects in society • Diverse (cultural) attitudes towards learning • Multiple interpersonal relationship patterns
  28. 28. Exploring different aspects of an architectural education through…
  29. 29. Mind MapsMind Maps
  30. 30. CLICK HERE!
  31. 31. • Visual brainstorm • Interpersonal communication (explicit knowledge) • Inventorisation device
  32. 32. The ‘secret’ of mind mapping relationships constructed between concepts and ideas being unfolded and ‘spelled out’ EXPLICITLY. Drawing these relationships like the branches of a tree helps us visualize the organic relationship they have with each other.
  33. 33. Networks of concepts but ideas and concepts are not like the branches of a tree. they are arranged in networks of relationships. mind maps could look like more like spiderwebs.
  34. 34. relationship image and text drawing icons and avatars helps construct a better relationship between visual perception and intellectual understanding. images reinforce and complement text and vice-versa.
  35. 35. Mind Maps A few rules!
  36. 36. You have to work out the relationships between text and image and unfold the concepts 1. It ’s not a list!
  37. 37. Design information for impactful and effective communication 2. Try Total Design
  38. 38. 3. Better together Knowledge is interpersonal and happens in communication
  39. 39. 4. Follow the Polder Model! Consensus seeking and participatory (like Dutch society!) Democracy is not the will of the majority but the clever and fair management of differences.
  40. 40. Skills Tools QualitiesKnowledge Values
  41. 41. Let’s go to work!
  42. 42. Any questions? Good luck!