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Amos Rapoport on design theory

In the early nineteen-eighties, Amos Rapoport wrote:

…there is no valid theory of design involved in design teaching. In fact there is no theory of design worth that name. Without such a theory, design cannot be taught and is not really suitable as a university subject. Its approach is personal, subjective, illogical and not cumulative.

Twenty-five years later, are we still without a ‘valid theory of design’ in architectural education? Possibly…

  • RAPOPORT, A., 1984. Architectural Education: There is an urgent need to reduce or eliminate the dominance of the studio. Architectural Record 172(10), pp. 100-103.

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