On Architecture (2020) Conference Proceedings, p. 138-144

Custom, Custom-, Customize
Aleksa Bijelović


Abstract:A hard structured, preplanned and well organized approach to teaching is a backbone of educational excellence, an incredibly efficient and resource saving behaviour. Rigorous preparations and linear instructions make skill transfer easy. Evaluation is based on quantitative criteria, feedback is clear, grades are fair, overall in-class anxiety level during the course is low. It is predictable and safe. Ever improving digital time shredding tools make a whole process even more feasible. Everything is practical, a hands-on knowledge is passed further in sheltered environment. Results are satisfying for all – industry gets skilled work force, work force gets paid, educators fortify positions. A cycle. But more often than not, a one-size-fits-all approach actually fits none. Arithmetic mean, averages and other rationales that led to various standards made to fit – just doesn’t. And what if the cycle gets interrupted and the structure breaks? If behaviour derails and perspective shifts? When things are open to change and external impact, focus shifts to individual and self. When personal position and subjective reasoning is highly valued, insecurity is embraced in full, anxiety is a companion. Everything becomes open-ended and is free to perform. Unstructured action is an archaic drive, organic, speculative and curious, it’s a human nature stripped off of any fixed objectives. It moves things and grows knowledge, feeds from experience, creates new experience and learns from it. A cycle of a different kind. Efficiency is overrated. Time is not a resource.

How to cite this Paper (Harvard referencing style):

Bijelović, A. (2020) ‘Custom, Custom-, Customize’, in R. Bogdanović (ed.) On Architecture — Learning Architecture, Proceedings. Belgrade, Serbia: STRAND, pp. 138–143.

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