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<ul><li><p> ARCH 599 Introduction to Architectural Journalism 2 Units Fall 2017 Clifford Pearson cliff.pearson@gmail.com Course Description This seminar will examine the changing landscape of architectural journalism, looking at the ways design and the built environment are covered in the media today. Students will read a broad range of contemporary and historical writings by journalists and critics and discuss how these stories reveal different approaches, attitudes, and biases in covering design. They will learn how stories come together and get disseminated in a multi-media world. Weekly assignments will give students the chance to write different kinds of articlesfrom news stories to critical essays on particular buildings and social issues. Sometimes students will report on buildings under construction and other times they will reflect on and criticize projects that are completed. Students do not need any direct experience with journalism to take this course, but should have a curiosity about the built environment and an interest in writing about it. Learning Objectives Students will learn how to look at and write about architecture, which will help them understand the built environment and express their ideas on it. In an era when we are inundated by information from many kinds of media, it is important for architects to know how this system works and how they can contribute to it. Writing is a critical skill for all architects, one that they can use to communicate with clients, the public, and other architects. Students will learn how to gather information and do research for stories and then write various kinds of articlesfrom short news pieces and web posts to critical essays and feature stories. Students will also present their work to the class and discuss the work of their classmates. Participating in class discussions each week is an important part of the course. Recommended Preparation Read as much as you can about architecture and design, including articles by architecture critics in newspapers and magazines news stories on the web, and essays in books. Find a few writers you love and respect, then follow their stories. Description and Assessment of Assignments Each week, students will have a reading and a writing assignment. Usually, readings will come from a newspaper, magazine, or website and students will have to respond with their own piece of writing. In class, everyone will discuss the readings and present their ideas about the topic in question. Students will be assessed by the quality of their writing, the level of understanding they bring to the readings and topics, and the quality of their in-class presentations and participation. Grading Breakdown Writing assignments: 70% Presentations: 15% Class participation: 15% Assignment Submission Policy Assignments will be submitted by email to the professor. </p></li><li><p>Course Schedule: A Weekly Breakdown </p><p> Topics/Daily Activities </p><p>Readings and Homework </p><p>Deliverable/ Due Dates </p><p>Week 1 </p><p>The state of architectural criticism </p><p>Nieman Reports: Architectural Criticism: Dead or Alive by Blair Kamin. http://niemanreports.org/articles/architecture-criticism-dead-or-alive/ </p><p>Write a 500-word essay, arguing whether criticism is dead or alive and why you think that. Analyze the five areas that Kamin uses to evaluate architecture and say whether there are others that should be included. Also explain what else you need to know about Kamins approach to architectural criticism to properly understand and evaluate it. </p><p>Week 2 </p><p>The role of the architecture critic </p><p>* Vanessa Quirk in ArchDaily * Witold Rybczynski *Lance Hosey in the Huffington Post. </p><p>You have just been hired to be the architecture critic for an important publication and your new boss has asked you to explain your vision of the role of the critic. Describe the types of stories you plan to write, the kinds of subjects you might address, and the key elements of your approach to criticism. In one sentence at the top of your memo to your new boss, describe the type of publication you have just joined (architecture magazine, general interest magazine, daily newspaper, web site, etc.) and the kinds of platforms you expect to write for (print, online, radio, social media, podcast, etc.). </p><p>Week 3 </p><p>Writing about architecture </p><p>Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment, by Carter Wiseman </p><p>Read book/Write 500-word description of a project you designed for a studio. Explain your overall design strategy for the project and the key elements within it. Engage the reader and communicate what makes the project interesting or important. </p><p>Week 4 </p><p>The Godmother of Architectural Criticism </p><p>On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change, by Ada Louise Huxtable, Walker Books, 2010. </p><p>Read the series of essays on the World Trade Center and Ground Zero from the book/Write a 500-word essay examining Huxtables views over timewhat changed in her approach and what remained the same. </p><p>Week 5 </p><p>Reporting on architecture </p><p>Architectural website, such as archrecord.com; archpaper.com; archdaily.com; and dezeen.com </p><p>Read stories on one site/Write essay on the particular perspective and biases of this site. Who are the targeted readers of this site and what do they expect from it? </p><p>Week 6 </p><p>Los Angeles today </p><p>How Frank Gehrys L.A. River make-over will change the city and why he took the job, by Christopher Hawthorne in the LA Times, August 9, 2015. </p><p>Read article/Write a 500-word essay arguing why another architect could do a better job than Gehry. </p></li><li><p>http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-et-la-river-notebook-20150809-story.html Or a more recent article by Hawthorne on LA. </p><p>Week 7 </p><p>Los Angeles Modernism </p><p>Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader. East of Borneo Books, 2012. </p><p>Read essay on Charles and Ray Eames, pages 181-188. Write a 500-word essay on McCoys reading of the Eameses and Eero Saarinen. What did she see as their strengths and weaknesses? </p><p>Week 8 </p><p>The built environment and how we live today </p><p>Mysteries of the Mall: And Other Essays, by Witold Rybczynski, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. </p><p>Read title essay/Write a 500-word essay on a topic Rybczynski did not cover in the book </p><p>Week 9 </p><p>Looking at and explaining a building </p><p>Grace Farms designed by SANAA, article in Architectural Record by Naomi R. Pollock. http://archrecord.construction.com/projects/portfolio/2015/1511-Grace-Farms-Kazuyo-Sejima-Ryue-Nishizawa-SANAA.asp </p><p>Read the article/Write an essay analyzing Pollocks approach to explaining Grace Farms </p><p>Week 10 </p><p>Criticism and social commentary </p><p>Too Rich, Too Skinny, by Michael Sorkin in Architectural Record, May 2015. http://archrecord.construction.com/features/2015/1505-too-rich-too-skinny.asp </p><p>Read article/Write 500-word essay addressing a building or project that raises social issues </p><p>Week 11 </p><p>Criticism and social history </p><p>The Secret History of 2 Columbus Circle, by Herbert Muschamp in the NY Times, January 8, 2006. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/08/arts/design/08musc.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0 </p><p>Read article/Write an essay arguing whether a building can be queer. </p></li><li><p> Statement on Academic Conduct and Support Systems Academic Conduct Plagiarism presenting someone elses ideas as your own, either verbatim or recast in your own words is a serious academic offense with serious consequences. Please familiarize yourself with the discussion of plagiarism in SCampus in Section 11, Behavior Violating University Standards https://scampus.usc.edu/1100-behavior-violating-university-standards-and-appropriate-sanctions. Other forms of academic dishonesty are equally unacceptable. See additional information in SCampus and university policies on scientific misconduct, http://policy.usc.edu/scientific-misconduct. Discrimination, sexual assault, and harassment are not tolerated by the university. You are encouraged to report any incidents to the Office of Equity and Diversity http://equity.usc.edu or to the Department of Public Safety http://adminopsnet.usc.edu/department/department-public-safety. This is important for the safety of the whole USC community. Another member of the university community such as a friend, classmate, advisor, or faculty member can help initiate the report, or can initiate the report on behalf of another person. The Center for Women and Men http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/cwm/ provides 24/7 confidential support, and the sexual assault resource center webpage http://sarc.usc.edu describes reporting options and other resources. Support Systems A number of USCs schools provide support for students who need help with scholarly writing. Check with your advisor or program staff to find out more. Students whose primary language is not English should check with the American Language Institute http://dornsife.usc.edu/ali, which sponsors courses and workshops specifically for international graduate students. The Office of Disability Services and Programs http://sait.usc.edu/academicsupport/centerprograms/dsp/home_index.html provides certification for students with disabilities and helps arrange the relevant accommodations. If an officially declared emergency makes travel to campus infeasible, USC Emergency Information http://emergency.usc.edu will provide safety and other updates, including ways in which instruction will be continued by means of blackboard, teleconferencing, and other technology. </p><p>Week 12 </p><p>Writing about technology </p><p>Timber Grows Up, by Joann Gonchar in Architectural Record, September 2015. http://archrecord.construction.com/tech/techFeatures/2015/1509-Mass-Timber-Construction.asp </p><p>Read article/Write an essay on how Gonchar approaches her topic and makes it understandable. </p><p>Week 13 </p><p>Whats happening now </p><p>Recent article in a newspaper or magazine/TBD </p><p>Read article/Write an essay on a recent project that you find interesting. </p><p>Week 14 </p><p>Writing and activism </p><p>The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs. Vintage, reissued 1992. </p><p>Read a chapter from the book/Write essay on a topic that currently needs to be rethought </p><p>Week 15 </p><p>Whats happening now II </p><p>Recent article in a newspaper or magazine/TBD </p><p>Read article/Write an essay on a recent project that you find interesting. </p><p>FINAL Date </p><p> Date: For the date and time of the final for this class, consult the USC Schedule of Classes at www.usc.edu/soc. </p></li></ul>