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Charles Doidge , Rachel Sara , Rosie Parnell
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4 Dec 2006 0750682256 978-0750682251 2
The architectural crit, review or jury is a cornerstone of architectural education around the world. The defence of ideas, drawings, and models in an open format before staff and peers is intended to be a foreground for healthy creative debate, but many students view it as hostile confrontation – an ego trip for staff and humiliation for them. This accessible and immensely enjoyable book guides students through this academic minefield.

This fully updated edition includes advice and suggestions for tutors on how to model a crit around a broad range of learning styles, as well as a new section aimed at students with learning disabilities, to ensure that the process is constructive and beneficial for all architecture and design scholars. Packed with practical tips from tutors, students and professionals, this reassuringly honest book will prepare students to build more creative relationships with clients and users across the industry.

Also in the Seriously Useful Guides series:
* Practical Experience
* The Dissertation
* The Portfolio

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (4 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750682256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750682251
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 13.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching English for Specific Purposes 26 July 2010
"The Crit" is just what I have been looking for as there is so little material around for teaching English to Architects. There is some literature on the problematic side of the 'crit', its questionable pedagogical value, but the handbook gives a lot of brilliant tips how to deal with it: it points out all the problems architecture students are facing AND helps how to overcome them. This handbook is useful to both native speakers and speakers with English as a second language. It also has a very up to date bibliography. I can only express my great gratitude to the authors and recommend the handbook to everyone working in the field of architecture education.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Crit 17 Dec 2006
Doidge, Charles, with Rachel Sara, and Rosie Parnell. Cartoons by Mark Parsons. 2000. The Crit. An Architecture Student's Handbook. Oxford: Architectural Press.

Nearly every student in the making disciplines - architecture, and design, fine art, and applied - sees the crit as a difficult experience. Whether it involves a project during study or the final presentation for a degree, the crit is a central aspect of an education in these fields. Understanding how to make best use of the crit will help design scholars in every field.

This book is a useable, well-written guide to the crit. Directed to students, it will also help teachers and research supervisors. While many fields of design research make no use of the crit, nearly every design student and design teacher will take part in a crit or review at some
point. This book offers helpful suggestions and benchmarks. It is also useful for professional presentations.

Despite its value as a practical guide, this book is less satisfactory in scholarship. It is seasoned with useful quotes and citations that are poorly sourced. It is unacceptable to cite a single fact or a one-sentence quote from a 257-page by casually referring to author and year. The scholar's work involves organizing sources and making them useful. When architecture and design professors make claims to scholarship, the standards of good scholarship

Good scholarship also involves critical attention to historical fact. The authors claim that the crit began with the eighteenth-century tripos of Cambridge University. Their dates are off by over a thousand years.

The crit is rooted in two traditions, the guild tradition, and the academic tradition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Book! 25 Oct 2007
By Amanda J. Lightsey - Published on
I am a first year Design student and this book was a department read this semester. I have loved every page! It gives a great look at both sides, instructor and student, of the critique process. A great read if you are considering or are in a architecture or design field!!
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