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"Begetting" (Editorial) To cite this article: Chris Ford (2017) Begetting, Technology|Architecture + Design, 1:1, 108-109, DOI: 10.1080/24751448.2017.1292799
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  Full Terms & Conditions of access and use can be found athttps://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=utad20 Technology|Architecture + Design ISSN: 2475-1448 (Print) 2475-143X (Online) Journal homepage: https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/utad20 Begetting Chris Ford To cite this article:  Chris Ford (2017) Begetting, Technology|Architecture + Design, 1:1, 108-109,DOI: 10.1080/24751448.2017.1292799 To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/24751448.2017.1292799 Published online: 01 May 2017.Submit your article to this journal Article views: 88View Crossmark data  108     T    A    D     1   :    1   108     T    A    D     1   :    1   108     T    A    D     1   :    1 ...aimed at researchers, educators and practitioners, the TAD  journal   advances and trans-forms the current discourse on building-based technologies with the goal of expanding, reimagining, and challenging its role for architecture and design. 1 The shaping of our built environment is the result of multiple disciplines’ engagement and their respective discourses. Within architecture, however, our discourse is disproportionate to the grand challenges of our time, and it is experiencing an isobaric compression. One explanation for this is the lack of a larger shared research   culture. There are multiple factors contributing to this, some known and others hidden in plain view. As architectural educators, our practices have developed from our historic responsibility for edu-cating professional architects. In this paradigm, designers beget designers. This is not a liability, how- ever, as research advances occur on the front lines of design practice. For instance, in this inaugural issue of TAD , the achievements of one of the most distinguished engineers of the twentieth century— Ove Arup—are discussed by Franca Trubiano through the lens of the recent exhibition, Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design . Likewise, Martin Summers reviews M , the latest monograph from Morphosis, documenting the design and technological contributions of a distinguished architecture rm. Despite increasing institutional expectations for research, advances are slow because until recently, our schools have lacked whole-system capacity for research mobi -lization, including the acquisition of dedicated personnel, funds, and space. 1  A continuing emphasis on professional readiness remains ingrained in both academic culture and our personal academic identities. While discussing the shaping of new knowledge(s) at a recent ACSA Annual Meeting, some attend -ees observed that over time friendly factions have diverged from the larger collective of architectural educators to better serve their intellectual and creative interests. Examples identied were AASL, ACADIA, ARCC, BTES, EDRA, NCBDS, SBSE, and perhaps a few others. When concentrations of scholarly interest achieve the critical mass needed to found such spin-offs, our discipline benets. However, these groups also form dialects, specialize practices, and develop their own ethos, which can make it challenging to synchronize with and impact the larger discourse. This lag in transfer - ence is a topic of interest to Kevin Kelly. His most recent book, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future , reviewed here by John J. Parman, offers a relevant assessment of prevailing communicative challenges. Sharing requires fowing  . Cognifying is dependent upon tracking  . For those of us seeking benecial exposure to these smaller organizations, we must separately follow, like, share, tweet, search, scroll, tag, bookmark, and download. Perhaps we would collectively benet from fewer channels that are more deliberate. Likewise, a single channel does not seem enough. As an architect currently embedded in engineering research culture, I appreciate Barry Katz’s new title, Make It New: The History of Silicon Valley Design , as a book for all creative disciplines. As Sara L. Beckman reviews, it illustrates the rise of an action-oriented design culture from a context dominated by engineering practice. Today, when colleagues from this context share enthusiasm for our catalog of architectural texts, I am surprised. They appreciate architecture’s nearly 2,000-year lead in theory creation, and our ability to experience architectural works with an even deeper history. In turn, I credit these texts and works for the collective intelligence so superbly distributed across architectural edu -cation. However, perhaps also because of this pedigree, we seem to forgo more substantive research inquiry. Of special interest to the TAD  mission, two new books on research strategies and tactics have been reviewed for their usability in different research contexts. Matthew Jull reviews The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations  by professor of computer science Ben Shneiderman, and Rumiko Handa reviews Research Methods for Architecture  by Ray Lucas. Both provide valuable and timely insights for the future of our research. Beyond these factors, the problem remains: How should we instrument a shared research culture to expand our discourse? In the short term, upgrading our semantics for the word “research” would be a benecial next step. 2  In the long term, engaging both basic and applied research with conviction Begetting Chris Ford, Associate Editor Stanford University  109   109 AUTHOR NAMEWÓJCIK   FORD E DI   T  OR I   A L   109 and enthusiasm is our best course. 3  The development of any shared  research culture will require mobilization, some already under way, as individuals, as schools, and as a membership organization.  As Individuals.  We can advance our interests by connecting with vibrant, non-design research labs with qualities worth emulating. In other disciplines, graduate-level research requires different terminal degrees, with labs staffed by different types of researchers, with diverse sources of fund- ing, and is driven by important research questions that target real-world problems. Furthermore, from my own experience, the pursuit of a non-architecture PhD guarantees immersive exposure and reshapes one’s expectations for research action.  As Schools . Internal seed funding empowers faculty as principal investigators to develop in-house research platforms. As these platforms grow, so do opportunities for curricular engagement. These opportunities are essential to the founding of new research-focused MS and PhD programs, stacking above existing MArch degree. This is no small task and requires signicant expenditure of resources, patience, and (political) capital. Building Dynamics , edited by Branko Kolarevic and Vera Parlac, reviewed here by Jeremy Ficca, features work of topical interest for some of these research programs today.  As an Organization. The ACSA is the premier organization for architectural educators from more than 200 schools. As such, it is our largest single unit for discourse and is developing a shared research culture. The ACSA mission is “to lead architectural education and research,” 4  and in 2016, its leadership published a Strategic Plan prioritizing “Thought Leadership and Knowledge Generation” as Goal 1.0. 5  To this end, the launch of a second blind peer-reviewed journal alongside the Journal of  Architectural Education  creates an additional channel for distributing srcinal research and cultivates a shared body of knowledge for disciplinary gain. This new journal will usher a paradigm for educators, practitioners, and architectural researchers to beget architectural researchers. TAD's  editorial mission demarcates an exciting eld triangulated by technology, architecture, and design. As such, it is uniquely positioned to address the challenges outlined above. Invited TAD  content will emerge from the shared overlap of journal mission and issue theme and will deliver high usability for readers. For instance, TAD:   Viral features forecasts for existing technological trends along their current vectors. Other invited essays share insights from contributors engaged in identifying barriers to research success, in generating question-led research, and in examining protection for new intel-lectual property. Furthermore, invited reviews pinpoint resources for enhancing personal research practices, provide assessments of technology and design that are outside of the architectural milieu, and examine distinguished design practices that have advanced today's technologies. TAD's  mission is set and its scope is clear. Importantly, the journal welcomes your engagement beyond your readership. After all, “a product is viral  if its core functionality encourages users to invite their friends to become users too.” 6 The expansion of architectural discourse is imminent. Notes 1. In her TAD:   Viral  essay, Shahin Vassigh identies challenges and impediments architectural educators often face when engaging research.2. Multiple stakeholders have engaged this task, including Jeremy Till. RIBA Research and Development Committee. “What is Architectural Research?” Memorandum (London: RIBA, 2007).3. Ben Shneiderman, The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations  (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016). Shneiderman asserts two valuable guiding principles: combining applied and basic research (ABC) and blending science, engineering, and design (SED). 4. See http://www.acsa-arch.org/about/about-acsa. 5. See https://www.acsa-arch.org/docs/default-source/acsa-news/strategicplan_foremail_ selectpages.pdf. 6. Peter Thiel, Zero to One: Notes on Start-Ups, or How to Build the Future  (New York: Crown Business, 2014), 136.
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