Portfolio Review

At the end of the first six weeks, all students submit a portfolio for an interim assessment. If we are honest, these were a bit disappointing. At one level there was a lot of work condensed into a couple of pages (the competition) but not much before this (in terms of how that had got there) and kind of lumpy stuff afterwards. The instructions to do three sets of control drawings and a ‘killer drawing’ were not fully followed, which is either a sign of stress or healthy independence. But maybe the real issue is that the portfolio, in all its traditional privileging of form over content, object over subject, image over thought is a difficult medium to express SoftPraxis in. But if the portfolio is the present standard of architectural currency, how does one avoid it? Can the portfolio be reinvented to pursue another set of values?

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