Why you should stop taking pictures on your phone – and learn to draw | Philosophers’ Mail

Whenever something looks interesting or beautiful, there’s a natural impulse to want to capture and preserve it – which means, in this day and age, that we’re likely to reach for our phones to take a picture. Though this would seem to be an ideal solution, there are two big problems associated with taking pictures. Firstly, we’re likely to be so busy taking the pictures, we forget to look at the world whose beauty and interest prompted us to take a photograph in the first place. And secondly, because we feel the pictures are safely stored on our phones, we…

A Winter Intensive in Traditional Architecture and Urbanism | Hilary S. Jackson

Winter Intensive 2013_Washington DCA brief summary of Judson University’s Traditional Architecture and Urbanism studio’s trip to Washington, D.C. via A Winter Intensive in Traditional Architecture and Urbanism | Hilary S. Jackson.

Richard Economakis Seminar “Designing the Orders”

Using Chicago as an urban ‘classroom’, this course will review the most important aspects of the Orders, including the stories of their origin and development, symbolic associations, proportions and refinements, and applications. While stressing the poetical nature and purpose of the classical architecture, the course will sensitize participants to the formal nuances and subtleties of classical buildings, and the sophistication of their designs. Instruction will include morning powerpoint and blackboard presentations, followed by afternoon sketching tours to key sites in the Loop and North Side, and along Michigan Avenue Session 1: August 11th, 2012 9:00 am ~ noon. Catered Lunch:…

Thoughts on a Liberal Arts Education, Architecture, and Building Communities

1. Aristotle separated metaphysic philosophy from practical philosophy: these days we might say that the first concerns absolutes about which we can fashion absolute rules. By contrast, the history of architectural theory, the history of political theory, and the historical practice of town- and city-making sets out a model for consensus-building on matters of great (but not absolute) importance. The latter is modeled in community design where institutions are clearly marked for their importance, individual design decisions are restrained in favor of the community interest, and local, community experience is valued as an expertise. In this practice, high value is…

Europe 2011

Our 2011 field study took us from Rome to Granada: from what might be called the capital of Christendom to cities in southern Spain known for a period in which there was a religious and political conviviality among Christians, Jews, and Muslims.  I am especially grateful for Dr. Jhennifer Amundson’s leadership in taking us to these cities in Spain. The architecture students investigated important examples of buildings, places, and cities: this field observation was facilitated by the use of pictorial and analytical drawing.  These students looked carefully at building type, the composition of facades, and meaningful ornament.  They considered the…

Rockford Design Workshop

In the spring of 2010, Michael Watkins (Michael Watkins, Architect; Gaithersburg, MD) suggested to LiveWorkLearnPlay (LWLP), Montreal, that they consider the Judson Traditional Architecture and Urbanism group as a potential academic resource in their consultancy to the Rock River Development Partnership (RRDP), the latter purposed to revitalize Rockford, Illinois. In May, a team of JU students, new graduates, and alumni convened in Rockford on East State Street in an empty storefront to set up a week long design studio.  The studio team, directed by Nathaniel Brooks and Christopher Miller, Ph.D. comprised  Nicholas Gouwens, Brendan Herr, Seth Holmen, Aaron Holverson, Matthew…