In Looking beyond the Structure, architect Dan Bucsescu and philosopher Michael Eng record their conversations about the relationship of the built environment and other forms of design to the culture in which they are created. The authors exchange their interpretations of selected readings about design theory and invite the reader to join in the discussion. Questions following each chapter's reading stimulate critical thinking about the philosophies and theories of design, and additional assignments encourage students to express their critical thinking skills visually.
•Inclusion of classics in the literature of design theory
•Author discussions of "scalelessness" of design principles, with application to activities from city planning to architecture, interior design, industrial design, fashion design, and graphics
•Recommended readings for each chapter
•Engaging dialogue format making abstract ideas accessible to students at all levels, from foundation courses to advanced seminars
•What Is Critical Thinking?
•What Are Appearance and Reality?
•What Is Form? What Is Function?
•What Is Place?
•What Is Natural? What Is Artificial?
•What Is Meaning?
•What Is Time?
•What Is the Body?
•What Is Creativity?
•What Is Style?
•What Is Society? Or What Is a Better Tomorrow?
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, MS, RA, AIA, is an architect and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he has been teaching since 1980 and served as the director of Pratt's International Summer Seminar in Architecture and Urban Design from 1992 to 2004. Bucsescu has lectured and written about architectural education with a focus on grounding the pedagogical experience in theories of knowledge and philosophy of art. He studied architecture at the Institute of Architecture (Ion Mincu) in Bucharest, Romania, holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The City College of New York and received a Master of Science in Environmental Psychology from University of Surrey, Guilford, England. Bucsescu has been in private practice in New York since 1978.
, PhD, is an assistant professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland. A former Fulbright Scholar and Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies in the Whitney Museum of Art's Independent Study Program, he has also taught philosophy and architecture at Pratt Institute and served as co-director of Pratt's International Summer Seminar in Architecture and Urban Design.