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The education of architects in the use of computers has lead me to try to
find "the roots of education of architects" in general. A collegue of mine in a
bookshelf of course litterature in Informatics found and put into my hands
"Educating the reflective practitioner" by Donald Schön. It lead to an
interesting process of personal reflection and discussion within our CAAD
We think by the way that the theme of the conference points to the heart of
the message in Donald Schöns book and we are inviting him as a key note
speaker at the Conference.
In Sweden representatives from the construction and building management
industry have put forward a research and development program called: "IT-Bygg#2
2002 - Implementation". It aims at making IT the vehicle for decreasing the building
costs and at the same time getting better quality and efficiency out of the industry.
The presented strategy is based on a seminar with some of the most experienced
researchers, developers and practitioners of CAD in Sweden. The activities were
recorded and annotated, analyzed and put together afterwards.
The proposal in brief is that object oriented distributed CAD is to be used in the long
perspective. It will need to be based on international standards such as STEP and it
will take at least another 5 years to get established.
Meanwhile something temporary has to be used. Pragmatically a "de facto
standard" on formats has to be accepted and implemented. To support new users of
IT all software in use in the country will be analyzed, described and published for a
national platform for IT-communication within the construction industry.
Finally the question is discussed "How can architect schools then contribute to IT
being implemented within the housing sector at a regional or national level?" Some
ideas are presented: Creating the good example, better support for the customer,
sharing the holistic concept of the project with all actors, taking part in an integrated
education process and international collaboration like AVOCAAD and ECAADE.
This paper describes the process of the project and the reflections of the participants. It will discuss problems from the teachers point of view.
In that situation much benefit can be obtained from collaboration with practice. We decided to give the conference the title “CAAD: Education - Research and Practice” to state the importance of practice as a test bench.
The conference papers cover education and research in depth in many important areas and give a good overview, whereas the practical theme is more or less missing, indicating, that experience here is still modest.
At the lecture material market and the exhibition the situation is opposite and shows state of art in practical use.