Tutorials started again this week. The issue was how does one do tutorials now that the ‘hard’, bossy stage of the process is over. If one just gives tutorials in the normal way, are we not just reasserting the power structure, and resulting combination of dependency and imposition, that accompanies all architectural studio teaching? This was the question we raised in open discussion. The response was twofold. First, the students will have weekly sessions without us, in which work is discussed collectively in the spirit of mutual support. At the end of each of these sessions, a newsletter will be made and published here (awaiting the first.) Second, in tutorials we accept the inevitability of some degree of imbalance of power, but in that very acceptance have to use it responsibly rather than exploit it. I think that we are also feeling that unpicking some of the assumptions of practice is ambitious enough in its own right, and to add in wholesale revision to pedagogy may be another project. But that is a bit of a cop out.
Tutorials thus proceeded. Below are short descriptions of what was discussed and the way forward, as much for Tatjana and my benefit as anyone’s (because we only saw half the studio each).